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Promote Your Research -- Support Brevy

Welcome! We've just launched, so there are a number of ways you can help along the way! You might:

  • Create a summary -- Get your work out there by adding your own summary or add others to keep track of what you're reading!
  • Make it a class assignment -- A perfect way to have undergrad or early grad students start accessing the literature while contributing to a meaningful framework!
  • Encourage others to add summaries -- Share us with your colleagues, link to our Facebook or Twitter, or share us on other networks.
  • Other Ways -- Brevy is an independent, volunteer project. As we grow, we will set up the non-profit infrastructure to allow donations, but in the meantime, if you're interested in helping in any other way, send us a line at brevyorg@gmail.com.

About Brevy

Brevy is a wiki for summaries of peer-reviewed research. Here we seek to make research more open, accessible, and understandable for the general public while providing tools to communicate and engage with academic works. Brevy does this by providing a platform to easily create, browse, organize, and discuss these summaries. No account or coding knowledge needed! You can read a little more about us on our About page, but here are a few highlights:

Research available to the public

Over 1 million new pieces of knowledge are added each year as academic papers, and yet the world may have access to less than half of it! With much of our understanding in science and other fields hidden behind expensive paywalls, and moreover, with much of it written in a language only a narrow subset of a narrow subset of experts can understand, the general public often does not have a means of accessing the same knowledge they pay for and support. Brevy attempts to bridge that gap by providing short, plain-language summaries for lay readers and other interested stakeholders.

Research with more impact

Good research often takes years of dedicated, hard work, and yet many research papers unfortunately remain uncited, are rarely read by others, and have little attention in the public domain. By providing a summary of these works, Brevy creates an easily accessible bridge to the work-- increasing its visibility and ability to be found online, fostering understanding, and creating a means to easily share its key ideas with others.

Research that's more engaged

There's a lot of other ways to engage with research on Brevy! Ask questions and pose feedback on the talk pages. Curate and organize papers on the community hub. Rate the work's significance. Find download links. Create an expert summary version for academic use. Or even make summaries a class assignment to help get undergrad and early grad students involved in the literature!


  • 05/24/2016 - Interview and blog post on Brevy from the lovely Science Open.
  • 04/04/2016 - Nice article on Brevy in the press from Information Today.
  • 03/13/2016 - A litle bit of site clean-up and a more coherent about section.
  • 02/09/2016 - Article metadata can now be automatically added through PubMed and CrossRef repositories!
  • 12/31/2015 - Happy New Years! Site launch!
  • 12/21/2015 - Beta status reach as of tonight!
  • 12/21/2015 - Site Privacy Policy updated
  • 12/20/2015 - Added an introduction to wiki ideas and an editing guide
  • 12/19/2015 - Added capability to find incomplete pages

High Impact Research

Here are a few research summaries where users felt the research very significant:

community score: 4.33 (3 ratings)
community score: 3.00 (2 ratings)
community score: 4.00 (one rating)
community score: 4.33 (3 ratings)

Please note that, for now, many of these may only be dummy articles (place holders) until more are added to the wiki. For a longer listing, visit the top ratings page.

Featured Summary

Attention decay in science

Quick Summary - An analysis of scholarly paper citation counts over time concludes that papers are forgotten more quickly amidst the high number published

Overall Results - Analysis of average paper citation rates over time implies that, while time until peak attention (citation rate) has decreased in current years, the rate of decay of paper attention has markedly increased. This decay can be generalized as an exponential decay function across various disciplines. Finally, this decay rate correlates well with the high number of published papers in each field rather than time itself.