Hello, we're MiniManuscript, the fast-track superhighway of the academic world ... and we're here to save you time!
We're not lazy, we just don't like doing things the long-winded way. Being optimistic (and slightly deluded), we call this efficiency - why waste time when it's the most precious thing we have?
Time wasting is one of the world's greatest problems (we may have made that up but it sounds true); it's much worse than global warming (we also made that up and it probably isn't true). In academia time wasting is a big issue. We all have to read a massive amount of literature for any project we do - it's a huge task and yet for some reason we each decide to do the whole lot ourselves. It's total madness! We need to divide and conquer!
How it works
Imagine if each person in the world took just a few papers and read them, between us we could cover the lot. And that's exactly what MiniManuscript does - we've created a worldwide academic superbrain (Jake had a dream about that once) that uses a collaborative approach to reading papers so we can pool our resources, increase efficiency and free up valuable time for the finer things in life, like data collection (or Facebook). MiniManuscript is a website where users write summaries of research papers that they've read. By reading the summaries, you can spend 2 minutes rather than 2 hours deciding whether a paper is relevant to you.
We're a bit like watching the trailers before deciding which film to go to - they don't replace the full feature but it means you only see the ones you really want to. Some might say we're the speed dating of the manuscript world. We give you a quick taster, that crucial first impression and we let you decide whether you want to take things further. How literally you take this analogy is up to you.