Frequently Asked Questions

PepperScience is a web-based service that helps researchers, institutions (Universities/ Research centres) and Fundersand Publishers increase the visibility and measure the positive impact of their publications.
PepperScience is an research outreach platform of the world! PepperScience is the on-line platform where you can read easy-to-understand research articles (we call them Layss™) that were crafted by the actual researcher.
Researchers:
  • PepperScience is for researchers who want assistance with increasing usage of and citation to their publications.
  • It is fundamental duty of the researcher to share their knowledge back to the society, since the research is indirectly/directly funded by the public.
  • Instead of waiting years for citations of the research article, he would get more meaningful statistics from the public (such as views, shares in social media, downloads, unique visitors).
  • The interface between public and scientist increases, hence instead on depending on government grants for his research he can directly crowd fund his research project.
  • Most importantly by using our newly developed SaaS tools in conjugation with publishers you could display your own contributions in accordance with Credit Taxanomy, thus leading to greater Clarity and Recognization of who did what in Publication of Research.
Public:
  • This new venture, open to democratic input and public participation, would involve no additional expenditure, but would have a big effect on people's involvement in science and innovation.
  • It would make science more attractive to young people, stimulate public interest in scientific thinking, and help break down the depressing alienation many people feel from science.
Universities andResearch Foundations

PepperScience is also for institutions and funders looking to increase the impact of the research that they fund,

  • As the interface between public and research institutes/Research foundations increases, public engagement activities increases and perhaps can improve their positive image and prestige in the society (donations from philanthropists).
  • By using PepperScience services they would get more meaningful insights how, where their research is bringing positive impact in the society.
  • PepperScience will be providing the tools which help them to take more intelligent decisions on research expenditure and efficiency.
Publishers
  • PepperScience is also for publishers wanting to develop closer relationships with their author communities and increase publication performance.
  • The PepperScience platform distributes the additional author-added content and links to aid discoverability of publications.
  • Make your site in compatible to open Science initiative following Credit Taxanomy. Allow to display Raw Data and Individual contributions of each Author/Co-Author along with Publications at no additional cost to infrastructure.

1. PepperScience is making research articles accessible to all, by transforming them into info graphics. The information is summarized and visualized into easy-to-understand schematics and images. The important message sticks, while distracting details are brushed away. By using pre-defined templates the scientist tries to answer the significance of his research in terms of "why" and "So what" rather than "how"? (rather which are answered by traditional journals).

2. Researchers register to use PepperScience and are then led through various steps that allow them to explain their publications; add context and enrich them with links to resources such as images and data; and share information about their publications via social networks and email.

3. The PepperScience platform distributes the additional author-added content and links to aid discoverability of publications. PepperScience also enables researchers to track the effect of their actions against a wide range of metrics.

4. Institutional and publisher-based support tools are available.

The major problems faced by scientist with social network or social media can be summarised as follows:

1. Opaque nature and mis-interpretation of research articles

We know research papers are long, opaque, and unreadable to the average person. Worse yet, they‟re mostly found behind expensive pay-walls that most people won‟t pay for (In fact they already pay for it indirectly/directly through tax, donations.etc...).

Science journalism, the medium that is meant to translate important research papers into plain language, has its own long list of problems. In an attempt to reach wider audience journalist may try to sensation out of it, key points and important details can be „lost in translation. Beside the hard work of the scientist can be mis-interpreted mis-represented in the eyes of the public. The obstacle is simple: Journalists are not scientists.

Solution

Our startup PepperScience is a "research publication outreach platform" that encourages actual researchers to write easy-to-understand articles "to widely spread and communicate the advancements of science and research to the world so that science enthusiasts can access unique and unbiased science, and scientists and experts can cross-collaborate to implement this knowledge and rapidly advance science and technology".

Their work can be shared with the public and scientists in the same or different field without any risk of being misquoted or misrepresented. It fills a gap between traditional science journalism and traditional peer-reviewed technical publications.

2. Over burden on the Scientist

If you want to understand why scientists do or don't do something, you'll want to start by keeping in mind that scientists are very busy people. Scientific research is a lot of work in itself, and most scientists have other administrative duties to attend to on top of their research.

Solution

Hence our platform is designed keeping in the mind the valuable time of the scientist, PepperScience is super easy to implement, and we have four predefined beautiful templates which he can choose to explain his research story. PepperScience is first of its kind publish it yourself platform, hence scientist can control what he wants to say, what he wants to show and as an author- pepper science gives you the tools to help with this.

3. No more boring research!!!

The traditional pathway to media through television, radio, print effectively reaches wide audiences, but till now they were never utilised to that extent, do you know that at the most 3 articles out of 1000 articles reaches mass media that is conversion rate of 0.3%.

Solution

We want to break this poor statistics, generally scientists feel that writing lay summary is significant burden with increase workload and paperwork. In PepperScience we are providing all the digital tools to publish and share his research work in less cumbersome, less tedious, more gamification process and in an elegant and beautiful manner.

He would certainly enjoy the process, with four beautiful templates and limitations in the usage of complex words (we are using readability score!) lay summary would be more than just dump down abstract.

4. Greater Clarity and Recognition of Who Did What in the Publication of Research

Original research papers with one author – particularly in the life sciences – are increasingly rare. We know that there are many contributors to research and associated published outputs, but it‟s not easy to tell who did what, and author position is an imperfect representation of contribution. Inflation of author numbers on papers, partly driven by a combination of national research assessment exercises and the emergence of big, collaborative and „team‟ science, has also contributed to this ambiguity. Greater clarity around the different and varied contributions to research outputs could have benefits for all the stakeholders in research.

The recent San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment emphasised a commitment to move away from Journal Impact Factor as a measure of research quality. Initiatives that would bring greater clarity to authorship would provide a new basis upon which to recognise researcher contribution and research use and re-use.

Solution

To Solve this problem of Who did What? Ambiguity in multiple authored research papers, CRediT Taxonamy has been developed.

  • For Researchers, having the ability to better describe what they contributed to a piece of research would remove the opacity caused by expanding author lists. oles that have not traditionally qualified as “authorship” could be recognised and researchers could draw attention to their specific contributions to published work to demonstrate their skills and potential. We feel this would be of particular benefit to people who are starting out in a research career, where the opportunities to be a 'key' author on a paper can prove elusive.
  • For funding agencies, better information around the previous contributions of individual grant applicants would aid the funding decision-making process.
  • For institutions, understanding a researcher‟s unique contribution is fundamental to the academic appointment and promotion process.
  • For publishers, greater transparency in contributor assignment would help to reduce the volume of authorship disputes being managed by journal editors.

PepperScience is open, by open we mean:

1. The PepperScience service is completely free for researchers to use.

2. Publishing/reading/sharing/reviewing on PepperScience is 100% free.

3. PepperScience is free for publishers, funders and Universities to use.

PepperScience is a for purpose organization. Our goal is to widely spread and communicate the advancements of science and research to the world so that science enthusiasts can access unique and unbiased science, and scientists and experts can cross-collaborate to implement this knowledge and rapidly advance science and technology. Please see our Mission and Vision statementfor more information.

Credibility and openness are the core principles of PepperScience to ensure that:

1. Scientists are vetted to make sure they are active in their field with peer-review publications.

2. If a person goes to the trouble of writing a paper, we believe it should be published. If you disagree with its content you can deal with this by giving it reviews which everybody can read, and which can therefore allow people to interpret the paper with caution. But just because you disagree with a paper, does this really mean it should never see the light of day at all? This is academia, not Fascism!

3. Of course, if things get published that genuinely do not belong, such as garbage or jokes, then mechanisms exist to remove these.

Lay'ss is a short form of Layman-Synopsis. It is new form of currency to quantitatively measure public engagement. (Coming Soon)

At PepperScience, every published article (research paper, conference paper, poster...etc) is scored by broad section of users. Unlike traditional journals the fate of the article is no longer determined by few individuals; thousands of interested readers and professional colleagues review and rate these articles.Each article accumulates a proprietary score- called Lay'ss Score.

When people review PepperScience projects, they rate them on four criteria:

1) Originality and timeliness of work

2) Comprehensibility and clarity of language

3) Usefulness of the work

4) Interestingness and positive emotionality.

These ratings are on a scale of 1-5 stars, where 1 star is very poor, 5 is very good and 3, the mid-point, represents a rating of above average quality. The ratings you see, however, when you view an entry or a person's profile fall on a different scale where 100 represents the mid-point (average). These ratings also take into account the quality of the raters' own work on pepperscience.com (Average Stars/Scientist/project), and so can change all the time: rating one person's work can change the ratings of dozens of others as your rating will affect the influence of the ratee's existing reviews.

Lay'ss is predictive measure of scientific quality. The best way to increase an articles Lay'ss include but not limited to:

  • Writing a highly readable article that features high quality science.
  • Telling your friends, colleagues and advisors to review the article on PepperScience.

Note: Refer "Improve my Outreach" Footer of the website to write highly readable articles.

Researchers:

Through PepperScience researchers can publish with complete freedom, complete life cycle of scientific publishing which includes and not limited to

1. Peer-reviewed research articles

2. Conference papers

3. Negative data

4. Posters,

5. Books Book chapters

6. Thesis,

7. Research notes

8. Cover Arts

9. Working papers/draft papers ..........and gets online feedback.

Researchers using PepperScience can add short titles, Research Summary and Research Importance statements, Research Slides and upload their publications.

Authors retain copyright of this data under a CC-BY licence, and grant PepperScience a licence to distribute this to third parties (e.g. abstracting and indexing services, research subject repositories etc.) to increase the discoverability of your work. Authors can remove this data from the PepperScience site at any time.

Yes, you can invite co-authors to register and claim publications that they have authored with you. so you should encourage co-authors to also use the PepperScience tools where possible, to help maximize your publication performance. Once your co-author accepts your request the project will be automatically deposits into his profile. After his registration his profile will also be displayed.

PepperScience provides different types of metrics for publications:

Share's show the number of shares to your publication page that your sharing activities by email and online media have generated.

Publication Views show the total number of views to your publication page on the PepperScience site;

Full text downloads show the number of times your publication has been downloaded online from the PepperScience's site;

Altmetric score is a representation of the amount of interest your publication has attracted across news outlets and social media sites (see our Guide to Altmetric);.....................................and many more new additional features will be added in future.

No. You should, however, consult with them about your Layman Synopsis to keep them in the loop on their own research! We give you the tools to recognize them and invite them to participate.

Absolutely! And, we make it easy for you. In your profile page you have an "Invite a fellow Scientist/Friend" button. Click that and you are on your way!

They are so many ways, but we will try to limit ourselves. With PepperScience you will easily and efficiently: do science outreach; get noticed; promote your research; have an easy-to-understand document to show prospective students, alumni, the media, friends, and family; have a unique URL of all your Layman Synopsis to place on your web page; see science being done in other fields that you might not otherwise encounter; gain collaboration opportunities; and make your knowledge widely known and many more

YES! This platform is for the society, you can enrich it with your science. This is the only place where you can actually quantify your science outreach and place the data in your proposals, presentations, university meetings, etc.

Yes! Science outreach requirements are becoming more popular among funding agencies… for good reason! PepperScience is the most efficient way to educate and connect your research and science with thousands of non-scientists. We also give you insight about your scientific reach and readership that can help make generation of your funding reports go much faster. We believe that quantifying the impact of your science will knock the socks off of your funders!

We share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. We are also optimizing our website so that search engines can easily find your Scinopses. AND, we may pick your Scinopsis to be on the homepage as a featured article! We're pulling out all the stops to ensure that your Scinopsis gets maximum attention.

Share, share, share, and share some more. We give you the tools to conveniently share your carefully crafted on the social networks of your choosing. You also have a unique URL that includes all of your research work. tell your friends, family and colleagues to check out your research work and review your research work.

If you want to understand why scientists do or don't do something, you'll want to start by keeping in mind that scientists are very busy people. Scientific research is a lot of work in itself, and most scientists have other administrative duties to attend to on top of their research.

Hence our platform is designed keeping in the mind the valuable time of the scientist, PepperScience is super easy to implement, and we have four predefined beautiful templates which he can choose to explain his research story. PepperScience is first of its kind publish it yourself platform, hence scientist can control what he wants to say, what he wants to show and as an author- pepper science gives you the tools to help with this

It takes as little as 30 to 60 minutes to craft your layman Synopsis. For example, if you are lead author on two publications per year, then it will only require approximately one to three hours per year to reach thousands more people.You spent so long on your research and you know it like the back of your hand… we know it's worth it, don't you?

Through PepperScience, researchers can post with complete freedom, research articles, conference papers, negative data, posters.... any many more formats. Hence you can share your research output immediately to the public and get there feedback.

Enough so that all of your past research findings reach public! Also, if you have a publication that has multiple substantial findings, then you should split them up into multiple Layman-Synopsis because it makes the science easier to understand. We are trying to build a large database of easy-to-understand science, so all types of publications like research papers, conference papers, posters, cover arts negative data are also encouraged!

PepperScience is first of its kind, publish it yourself platform, hence scientist can control what he wants to say, what he wants to show and as an author- pepper science gives you the tools to help with this.

Research Summary: Add a simple non technical explanation of your research publication.

Research Importance: Add brief explanation about uniqueness or novelty of your research paper.

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DOI when your article is published and made available electronically.

Sometimes when you posting your project, you may face this problem. In that case you can you already intergrated tool like pasteboard.co (presently integrated with the website). Otherwise you can use option like www.onpaste.com.

Through this functionality you have control over, how and when to make your data public Our new embargo functionality allows a significant degree of flexibility. For journals, conference papers and other research articles only online and embargo upto 10 days are allowed.

Readability score is a numerical value designed to indicate how difficult a reading passage in English is to understand. It is based on Flesch-Kincaid Readability Score. Visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readability for more information.

PepperScience is 100% free for researchers to use.

After universities register to use PepperScience

They get access to meaningful statistics (dashboard)

1. Post profile of the university online and real time.

2. Number of projects posted by its research students.

3. Number of departments active in outreach programs.

4. Number of students active in outreach programs.

5. Post invitations for conference/community events online and real time.

6. Post Announcements/Notifications online and real time.

7. Can interact with current students and alumni of the university.

We have two criteria: (1) your organization must be formally established (either as a non-profit or for-profit entity, or plans to file as such); and (2) your organization must be for the good of science and the public. We determine your organization‟s eligibility by examining the website you provide during account creation.

We want PepperScience to serve as a convenient website for anyone to find science organizations, such as yours. Any information that would help describe your cause is perfect. The idea here is for you to use PepperScience as a way to reach your target audience. You can input all basic and contact information about your originzation. Please register to get more information.

We are here to help you and your organization in any way we can. In addition to traffic on our website, we spread your Scinopses that describe your organization on online social networks.

Research/Science is for all. The more you help spread the word about PepperScience, the more exposure your organization will receive. Please tell your networks all about PepperScience to help free science!

Basic service of PepperScience is free for publishers, funders and Universities to use.

They get access to meaningful statistics (dashboard)

1. Post profile of the funding agencies online and real time.

2. Number of projects posted by its research students.

3. Number of students active in outreach programs.

4. Number of universities active in outreach programs.

5. Post invitations for community events- online and real time.

6. Post Announcements/Notifications online and real time.

7. Can interact with current research students and alumni of the funding agencies.

We have two criteria: (1) your organization must be formally established (either as a non-profit or for-profit entity, or plans to file as such); and (2) your organization must be for the good of research and the public. We determine your organization‟s eligibility by examining the website you provide during account creation.

We want PepperScience to serve as a convenient website for anyone to find funding organizations, such as yours. Any information that would help describe your cause is perfect. The idea here is for you to use PepperScience as a way to reach your target audience. You can input all basic and contact information about your organization. Please register to get more information.

Basic service of PepperScience is free for publishers, funders and Universities to use.

Research/Science is for all. The more you help spread the word about PepperScience, the more exposure and positive impression your organization will receive. Please tell your networks all about PepperScience to help research open for all!

They get access to meaningful statistics (dashboard)

1. Post profile of the journal online and real time.

2. Number of projects posted by its research students.

3. Number of students active in outreach programs.

4. Number of universities active in outreach programs.

5. Post invitations for community events online and real time.

6. Post Announcements/Notifications online and real time.

7. Can directly interact with authors/professors/academic community/current research students.

8. Most importantly display Digital Badges immediately next to your publication These badges contains Visual and Audio Layman Summaries slides uploaded by Author himself. Besides you can also display Raw data relevant to Research Articles.

We have two criteria: (1) your publisher must be formally established (with atleast few years of publishing); and (2) your publisher must be for the good of research and the public. (3) publisher must support open access publishing. We determine your ‟s eligibility by examining the website you provide during account creation.

We want PepperScience to serve as a convenient website for anyone to find reliable publishing organizations, such as yours. Any information that would help describe your cause is perfect. The idea here is for you to use PepperScience as a way to reach your target audience. You can input all basic and contact information about your organization. Please register to get more information.

Research/Science is for all. The more you help spread the word about PepperScience, the more exposure and positive impression your organization will receive. Please tell your networks all about PepperScience to help research open for all!

Basic service of PepperScience is free for publishers, funders and Universities to use.

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