24 January, Nairobi, London-We are excited to announce that Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) has entered into a partnership with Scholarcy, an AI-powered reading and document analysis tool that converts research papers and other academic texts into interactive summary flashcards. . This collaboration will allow the TCC Africa community and African early career and published researchers to understand how technology like Scholarcy’s can be used to screen and analyse hundreds of articles more efficiently, making the often daunting task of writing a literature review more manageable.
Kickstarting this strategic partnership, Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) was pleased to host an interactive training on Using Scholarcy to systematically screen, assimilate and interpret research papers for the Eider Africa and TCC Africa Academic Community on 5th January 2023. During the training, participants learned to use Scholarcy, a powerful text summarization tool, to condense long-form texts into concise summary flashcards and export these flashcards to generate annotated bibliographies and literature matrices. The training demonstrated how researchers can use Scholarcy to quickly identify the key points and arguments of research papers as well as more easily critically analyze papers to understand how the research builds on or differs from prior studies and effectively interpret large collections of articles. The trainees were provided with hands-on demonstrations and exercises to help them learn how to use Scholarcy effectively and integrate it into their own reading and literature screening.
Researchers often struggle to put the papers they read into perspective and understand them. Scholarcy’s text-summarizing technology allows researchers to quickly decide which papers to use in their writing process, which helps them produce higher-quality publications, as stated by Joy Owango, who also notes that “working with Scholarcy goes in line with TCC Africa’s objective, where the Trust provides capacity support in improving researchers’ output and visibility through technology.”
“At Scholarcy, we are committed to developing technology that enables researchers and students worldwide, especially those in the Global South, to access, comprehend, and analyze academic texts more easily. We are thrilled to collaborate with TCC Africa to achieve our shared goal of empowering students and researchers in Africa to stay current with the increasing volume of literature in their field, and better organise their research and writing,” says Emma Warren Jones.
This partnership is a major step forward for Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) and we are excited to see the impact it will have in Sub Sahara Africa.
Scholarcy is a London-based Edtech applying machine learning to extract structured data and knowledge summaries from scholarly content. Scholarcy is available as a web-based platform and can be used on various devices. It is recommended for students, researchers, and professionals who want to keep on top of the latest research in their field and prepare literature reviews in a more systematic way.
Learn more about Scholarcy at https://www.scholarcy.com/
About TCC Africa
Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) is the first African-based training centre to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is an award winning Trust, established as a non-profit entity in 2006 and is registered in Kenya. TCC Africa provides capacity support in improving researchers’ output and visibility through training in scholarly and science communication.
Find out more about TCC Africa at https://www.tcc-africa.org/