Improving Semantic Search of the Scholarly Literature

Academic literature can be exceedingly valuable if we know where to look. In order to extract value from all this information, researchers need metaknowledge. This includes familiarity with the most important documents in a field, an understanding of how to contextualize them, a map of the relation between fields, and knowledge of jargon needed to retrieve certain research. West and his team plan to use a text-based search within the network of scholarly citations to extract this metaknowledge. The hierarchical structure of the citation network can guide scholars in their search for important work and might also unveil unexpected connections.