A GitHub For Science
ResearchHub's mission is to accelerate the pace of scientific research.
Our goal is to make a modern mobile and web application where people can collaborate on scientific research in a more efficient way, similar to what GitHub has done for software engineering.
Researchers are able to upload articles (preprint or postprint) in PDF form, summarize the findings of the work in an attached wiki, and discuss the findings in a completely open and accessible forum dedicated solely to the relevant article.
"Hubs" as an Alternative to Journals
Within ResearchHub, papers are grouped in "Hubs" by area of research. Individual Hubs will essentially act as live journals within focused areas, within highly upvoted posts. (i.e the paper and its associated summary and discussion) moving to the top of each Hub.
A Community Powered by ResearchCoin
To help bring this nascent community together and incentivize contribution to the platform, a newly created ERC20 token, ResearchCoin (RSC), has been created. Users receive RSC for uploading new content to the platform, as well as for summarizing and discussion research. Rewards for contributions are proportionate to how valuable the community perceives the actions to be - as measured by upvotes.
ResearchCoin is also linked to reputation on the platform--with reputation being measured as a user's lifetime earnings of ResearchCoin minus erosion due to downvotes. Reputation is linked to certain privileges in the app, as well as a mechanism for moderation within the community.
Accessible To Everyone- The scientific record is too important to be hidden behind paywalls and in ivory towers. ResearchHub is accessible to everybody, everywhere, with no content residing behind paywalls and no costs to participate. Summaries are written in plain English to improve accessibility.
Collaborative- Academic research is too siloed today. ResearchHub encourages academics and non-academics alike to interact in a public and collaborative manner. An incentive for such behavior is provided in the form of ResearchCoin.
Prioritized- There are over two million academic papers published each year, and the number continues to grow. By crowd-sourcing curation and prioritization of articles, ResearchHub enables the scientific community to provide visibility to research it deems impactful.