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Colby Vorland

Updated all versions (Chrome beta, Chrome main, and Firefox) with several bug fixes, including a fix for some institutional links, and updated the CiteScore to the latest 2017 values. Beta is version 138.3, and main versions are 2.2.3.

Beta 137.4

-Improved PDF identification and verification
-Limits number of full texts shown in bar (additional versions in overflow area). Now shows up to 1 non-PDF and 1 PDF text for simplicity.
-Speed improvements

Barring any bugs in testing, this will be pushed out to all users on Friday.

Beta 137.3

-Redesigned options page
-Completed deeper library integration
-Improved full text locating within pages

Beta testing deeper library integration in Chrome beta 137.0 rolling out now.

How it works:
1) You select your institution from the dropdown under the "Full Text Check" in the infobar
2) The next time you load a scholarly website, it will prompt you to login through your institution
3) Lazy Scholar stores your encrypted credentials in the browser (nothing is ever sent to a server) and automatically checks for full texts through the institution (PDFs and non-PDFs)

Happily I was able to accomplish this without any additional permissions. Feedback needed, since I can only test the process from my institution.

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Chrome version 136.0

Info extractions ( now work on PDFs. Testing for a few days in practice to ensure everything is working well enough for a general release.

Also loading over a PDF now does the annotation within the extension instead of using their proxy.

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New beta version 135.0

These features described below are in the very early stages of testing, so they are bound to change a lot as I test them in use.

This version adds for testing a new side panel. Its purpose is to surface information from the paper and quick links using text matching rules and machine learning. Utilizing machine learning to improve extractions requires additional datasets, and so when the panel is graduated from beta, it will serve as an experiment to crowdsource the creation of such datasets to train and improve additional neural networks to see how accurate it can extract various information and still be generalizable to different scientific fields and study types.

The panel so far does the following (or at least tries to):
- Identifies study type (ie RCT, Prospective Cohort, Animal, etc)
- Extracts the number of subjects/participants if relevant
- Extracts sentences that contain intervention(s) if relevant
- Extracts sentences that contain outcomes
- Extracts COI/funding statements
- Extracts the outline of the paper
- Extracts the references from the paper. Hovering over in-text reference links will scroll to the reference within the panel (see demo below)
- Extracts abbreviations/acronyms from the paper. Highlighting an acronym in the text will scroll to the definition (see demo below)

Clicking on extractions in the panel will scroll the paper to that location in the paper and highlight the extraction.

To view the extractions in action, see the video below. In this demo it automatically loads, which is an optional setting at the bottom of the panel. The yellow brain icon will load it.

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Lazy Scholar beta update (v 134.0):

-Tighter integration with 1) now automatically checks for public notes & shows count if any available and 2) clicking it opens the sidebar natively instead of redirecting
-Small modifications to increase full text finding success

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Beta version 133.1 for Chrome:

-Adds an indicator if PubMed has a conflicts of interest listing for the paper (
-New "Lite" version option only shows fulltext information. Added a quick toggle when right-clicking on the icon next to the address bar. The end of the indicator glows green if a full text was found.
-Several misc. bug fixes
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Lazy Scholar for Firefox was shut down late last year because of compatibility issues but is nearing working stage again. Unfortunately, it will require Firefox version 53 or higher. The current Firefox release schedule is as follows:

Firefox 53 beta: March 3
Firefox 53: April 18

The goal is to release it by March 3 for those using the beta version.

If you would like to help me beta test it and have Firefox version 53 or higher installed, please email me at the address here: Beta versions for Firefox will be distributed manually for now.
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