Scientists are increasingly engaging in discussions using social networks such as Twitter. In fact, it is claimed that 1 in 40 scholars are active Twitterers. The public nature of these discussions is democratising science; a PhD student can easily engage with the world's most reputable scientists. But it also leads to an explosion in the amount of information. Further, Twitter conversations about science can be drowned out by those about current affairs, celebraties, or just funny pictures of cats.
Abstrac intends to distill down these conversations by focussing on what is frequently still the unit of scientific information; the paper. Abstrac aims to: