About ScholarMagic

About ScholarMagic

ScholarMagic is an AI-powered academic search engine with a suite of tools for research, writing and citing

Search Controls

Tune how your search results are ranked.

Want a certain type of article? Something recent in a high-impact journal, or a citation classic?

Click the Search Controls button to fine-tune how your search results are ranked.

Adjust the weightings given to the following factors in Search Score, the default ranking system:

  • Citation count
  • Citation rate 
  • Year published
  • Journal quality

Search term relevance is always the main factor in Search Score, but Controls give your preferred articles an additional boost.

You can access Controls under the search bar on the home page, or from any page with the    button in the header.

Changes made to Controls are saved to your profile, and affect search ranking across the entire site. This includes search ranking within Auto Search and visualizations.


Explore your search results with interactive graphics.

Instead of sifting through pages of text, visualize your search results in powerful and interesting ways.

View the literature from different angles, see relationships between articles, and easily hone in on the best.

Choose from four types of interactive charts:

  • Scatter
  • Network
  • Subjects
  • WordCloud

Visualizations are only available on tablet or larger devices.

Visualizations allows you to compare hundreds of articles at once, so you can quickly get an overview of the field. From there, it's easy to drill down on what's most useful to you.

Options in the sidebar let you control properties of the charts.

Hover over points to see basic article information, or click on points to read their details.

Once you find an article you like, click to save it to your Shortlist for later.

  • Scatter is an interactive scatter plot. You can customize each axis and the size and transparency of points, visualizing up to four dimensions of your search results at once. You can also filter which articles are displayed, and drag and zoom to explore the graph.

    Interactive Scatter search results view

    Check out a few examples:

  • Network is an interactive network diagram. This finds links between articles based on their titles, so you can discover groups of articles on similar topics. The length of each link represents the similarity between articles, with shorter links representing greater similarity. You can adjust the threshold of minimum similarity required for articles to be linked, which determines how sparse or how clustered the network is. The graph is fully interactive - you can zoom, pan, and drag around points, and filter points to refine your search. As well as hovering and clicking on points, you can hover on links to see terms that articles have in common.

    Interactive Network search results view
  • Check out a few examples:

  • Subjects is a packed circles visualization, grouping articles by subject. This lets you immediately narrow search results to the subject areas you're interested in. Click to zoom in and out of subjects, and hover or click on articles to see their details. From the sidebar you can change what the size of individual points represents, including citation count, citation rate, year and journal impact factor.

    Interactive Subjects search results view
  • WordCloud takes the titles of articles from your search results, analyses them, and makes a Word Cloud to show the most popular terms. This is useful for discovering the main terms in the field, and then using these to refine your search. Options in the sidebar let you play with the level of detail and appearance of the cloud.

    WordCloud search results view

User Curation

Join the world's largest research review.

User curation is a powerful way of organizing and making sense of large volumes of information. Voting separates the great from the flawed, and commenting adds value, insight and context.

ScholarMagic is the world's largest forum for post-publication research review, letting you vote and comment on over 130 million articles.

By participating, you're helping to refine the largest collection of human knowledge, through an ever-improving process of post-publication review.

Why?  Academic literature is in dire need of user curation. Most academic search engines provide lists of articles without context, so to judge quality one must either read and assess every article - which is extremely time consuming - or make assumptions based on dubious metrics. Readers are then expected to interpret complex articles with little or no guidance, which can be challenging and unproductive.

We believe that user curation is the key to advancing academic research to the next level. It brings:

  • Post-publication peer review. Let's face it - journal editors don't always get it right, and consensus changes over time. Voting and commenting creates a system of perpetual review and refinement.
  • Rapid insight. Researchers have traditionally used citation count to measure quality, but this takes many years to develop. In contrast, user curation allows immediate review, even to the most recent articles.
  • Smarter search. Easily target the top rated or most discussed papers in your search.
  • Discussion. Comments allow users to ask questions, discuss, and learn what experts think. Comments are also subject to voting, ensuring that the best are always heard.


More innovative features.

  • Browse key point summaries
  • Create shortlists of articles
  • Make personal notes on any article
  • Track your search and reading histories
  • Advanced search and filtering
  • Auto format your reference list
  • Auto save work to your Profile

Hover over publication titles to read their key points. Get the gist without getting bogged down.

Create shortlists of useful articles. From the sidebar you can view articles in your shortlist, or cite them in ScholarMagic Write. Create as many shortlists as you like, and manage them from your Profile.

As you search and browse, search terms and articles you've viewed are automatically saved to your History. Forget the days of hunting for an article you read a few weeks ago - everything here is automatically stored for your future self. View your History lists in the sidebar, or view and manage in your Profile.

Advanced search and filtering
Advanced search lets you limit your search to specific authors, publications, and subject categories. Alternatively, you can filter a search after it's been done with the Filter settings in the sidebar. Filtering also works with the visualizations, so you can you refine what's displayed in the interactive graphs.

Reference formatting
Choose from over 9000 citation styles to format your reference list. Simply select your preferred style using the  button in ScholarMagic Write, and your reference list will automatically be formatted in this style.

Auto Save
All your documents, comments, histories, shortlists and notes are automatically saved to your Profile, where they can be accessed at any time.

For more information please visit our Help page, or reach us at team@scholarmagic.com