About Sciversal

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

—Herbert Simon

Our mission is to modernize the ways in which peer-reviewed scientific literature is handled and communicated.

Scientific output has more than doubled over the last decade but our methods of communicating science still remain antiquated. Sciversal has developed a platform that allows authors to summarize their work in a 3–10 slide minipub format that can be read within 5 minutes


Frequently Asked Questions

Sciversal is a platform to summarize and share your published research study in 10 slides or less

With increasing numbers of papers being published every day, it is getting harder and harder to keep up with new information. An abstract is usually too shallow and does not allow viewers to look at the data for themselves. With Sciversal, you can share your research study along with the actual data (figures and slides from previous presentations) in 10 slides or less. This 10-slide format, which we call a minipub, should only take ~5 min to go through, shorter than a full paper but more detailed than a text or graphical abstract.

Sciversal has been built specifically for the academic audience. Currently the website has been launched in beta for all academics and non-profit organizations. Anyone with a .edu email address should be able to login to the website. If you believe your organization should be added to our list, please contact us at hi@sciversal.com

Our goal is to succintly describe a study such that the reader/viewer can understand a publication in under 5 minutes with figures and data. Currently, we have a maximum of 10 slides + cover or title page option for each minipub, and there can be only one minipub per PMID

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To upload the minipub
  • (1) Register on Sciversal website
  • (2) Log in and go to your home page and Click on Create minipub
  • (3) Add information about the publication (Title, authors, corresponding author, doi, PMID etc)
  • (4) Upload the 3-10 slide ppt summary of your paper. Max 11 slides allowed including cover page
  • (5) Add upto 100 words of text next to each slide
  • (6) Preview minipub and Publish.

To create a minipub you will need the following
  • (1) SLIDES: Prepare a 3–10 slide PowerPoint file explaining the research study on your personal computer and add a cover page as your first slide. Maximum of 11 slides allowed including cover page. Think of it as if you were giving a 5 min presentation on your research study. Ideally you want to use the initial 1-2 slides to set up the past literature, hypothesis or question, use the bulk of the slides to share the experimental data, and use the final 1-2 slides to conclude the research study. Note: The first slide of your ppt will automatically become the cover page for your minipub
  • (2) ACCOMPANYING TEXT: For each slide, write up a description of what is being presented on the slide in a maximum of 100 words.The text is meant to support the figures on the slide and walk the reader through the presentation. Imagine you are giving a short talk on the research study, the text should be what you would say if you were presenting the slide. Please bear in mind that these 100 words are not meant to be a figure legend and should be used to draw the reader/viewer's attention to what is key on the figures. Help the audience interpret the data and specify take-home messages/inferences for the slide with this text

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Any researcher (academic or non-profit insitution) can create a minipub. We expect that most minipubs will be created by the authors of the peer-reviewed publications. In case of legacy papers or other special circumstances, minipubs might be created by researchers who were not authors on the publication - this is not a problem as any scientific researcher is allowed to make a minipub for any publication. For all minipubs, once they are published, we will send an email to the corresponding author (CA) notifying them that a minipub on their publication has been created and published on Sciversal website. If the minipub were created by someone who is not an author of the publication, then the CA has the right to make any edits and "approve" the minipub

We wish! Hopefully we can do so in the near future! We welcome your enthusiasm and comments on how a entire publication in this format would be received. Please tweet us @sciversal with your views on this, and input on additional use of our platform