ShortScience.org is a platform for post-publication discussion aiming to improve accessibility and reproducibility of research ideas.
Reading summaries of papers is useful to obtain the perspective and insight of another reader, why they liked or disliked it, and their attempt to demystify complicated sections.
Also, writing summaries is a good exercise to understand the content of a paper because you are forced to challenge your assumptions when explaining it.
"If I can't explain it simply, I don't understand it well enough." -Albert Einstein
Research papers can be hard to understand for anyone entering a field of research.
It is useful to ask an expert in the field to summarize the intuition behind a paper to help you understand it but they can be hard to find.
ShortScience.org was created with the goal of fostering and consolidating post-publication discussion of research.
By having notes from different authors organized together about each research paper we believe we can accelerate the understanding of research.
We feel that the site can speed up the literature review process and increase the number of active researchers by decreasing the barriers to understand and improve on concepts.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I write a summary? Find the paper using the search box (Click the box to add it from other databases if it does not already have a summary).
How can I display my name instead of my username? In the settings for your user account you can set a Display Name which will show up along side your summaries.
How do I write math? Write latex the same way you do in a paper by placing it between $'s anywhere. You can use $$ to center the text.
How do I set my profile icon? Set up a Gravitar with the same email you used to sign up.
Can I post anonymously? You can choose to mark your summary anonymous and hide your name.
Can I view the source of another summary? Click on the icon next to a summary to show the source.
How can I receive alerts when new summaries are posts? Subscribe to our
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How long should a summary be? A summary should be as long as it needs to be.
What a summary should have:
A description of the paper as if you were explaining the concept to a colleague.
Start off the summary with a high level description of the paper.
Explain why the paper is significant.
Use simple examples to break down the concept.
Discuss how the paper fits into the larger field.
Rewrite the formulations in the paper from a different perspective.
What a summary should not have:
Do not post only a link or an image. There should be text discussing the paper as well.
Links for more information or a source of the summary should appear at the end of the summary.
Do not repeat the text of the abstract.
Cohen, Joseph P. and Lo, Henry Z., (2017). ShortScience.org - Reproducing Intuition.
International Conference on Machine Learning 2017 Workshop on Reproducibility in Machine Learning.
ShortScience.org will follow the [ar$\large\chi$iv](http://arxiv.org) model of licenses and copyright.
ShortScience.org does not ask that copyright be transferred.
However, by posting a summary on the site you assign the minimum amount of rights or certify that we have the minimum amount of rights needed to host it.
Primary contact: Joseph Paul Cohen
Joseph Paul Cohen PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Montreal
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
Henry Z Lo PhD
Swami Iyer PhD
Lecturer, Computer Science Department
University of Massachusetts Boston