Lazy Scholar

Lazy Scholar

Automatic check for full text, details, and metrics of scientific articles, plus comments, citations, fast sharing and more.

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What is Lazy Scholar?

Lazy Scholar is a Chrome extension designed for researchers. It automatically hunts for free full text of scientific articles opened by users and provides relevant information about the paper such as funding statements, metrics, and citations. It gives quick access to references, abbreviations, comments on the paper, and supplements. Moreover, it recommends paper based on user preferences, provides auto-generated sharing links, and enables fast citation copying in over 900 formats.

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Rating: 4.16 (63)
Version: 2.6.0 (Last updated: 2020-06-15)
Creation date: 2020-06-15
Manifest version: 2
  • <all_urls>
  • activeTab
  • tabs
  • notifications
  • contextMenus
  • downloads
  • downloads.shelf
  • storage
  • clipboardWrite
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Size: 9.93M
Email: Click to see
Risk impact: Very high risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood

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Lazy Scholar
Lazy Scholar (v2.6.0)
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Lazy Scholar automatically searches for a freely available full text the instant you open a scientific paper. In use, it finds one 36-41% of the time*. NEW: Lazy Scholar can deep link with your institution to find full texts even when you're off campus. In addition, it attempts to extract helpful information about the paper if relevant such as quick links to the population, intervention, outcomes, measurements, funding statement, outline, references, abbreviations, and supplemental documents. Further, it checks for comments on the paper in PubPeer, provides various citation metrics on the paper and journal, and one-click citation styles, including a preformed powerpoint style.

Features in further detail:

-Infobar automatically appears when a paper is opened & tells you if a free full text is available, and provides various metrics & comments, along with fast citations. -This can be turned off and you can click the browser button for these. -Type "LS" in the address bar and quickly query Google Scholar, PubMed, or Web of Science. -Search your paper history with natural language. -Get new PubMed listing recommendations - Lazy Scholar learns your research preferences automatically based on what papers you open. -Citation count (GScholar's, Web of Science, and score). -PubPeer comment count -Journal ranking -Attempts to find a contact email address for the paper you are searching

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User reviews
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  • saves time
  • access to academic articles
  • improves productivity
  • finds full text/PDF and associated papers
  • cites papers in different formats
  • suggests related papers
  • helpful for research
  • sluggish
  • tries to download PDF files even when turned off
  • fills up browser tab
  • takes a long time to show infos for certain journals
  • cannot turn off without disabling the extension
  • may be sending out browsing data
  • predatory journal detection is glitchy
Most mentioned
  • saves time
  • access to academic articles
  • improves productivity
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Risk impact

Lazy Scholar is not very risky to use and it requires a lot of sensitive permissions. Avoid installing this extension unless you absolutely trust this publisher.

Risk likelihood

Lazy Scholar has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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