ResearchHub’s mission is to accelerate the pace of scientific research. Our goal is to make a modern mobile and web application where people can begin to collaborate on scientific research in a much more efficient way, similar to what GitHub has done for software engineering. The first version of ResearchHub is mainly about uploading, summarizing, discussing, and prioritizing papers in each area. In future versions, we will continue to strive to accelerate science by hosting datasets and lab notebook software.
We try to group papers by areas of research, which we call “hubs”. You can think of a hub like a journal that focuses on one area of research, or like tags on other websites. Anyone can propose creating a new “hub” on ResearchHub, and if there is enough interest from the community, it will go live. We hope to see a wide variety of hubs created over time, in both mainstream and very niche areas of research.
To help bring this nascent community together, we’ve created something called ResearchCoin. ResearchCoin is a digital token that you can earn by contributing content to ResearchHub, whether this is a paper you find interesting, a plain English summary, or insightful discussion. We want to reward everyone who helps the ResearchHub community grow. Every time you “up vote” some content on the site, you are awarding one ResearchCoin to the creator of that content. In other words, one vote always equals one coin. Coins are awarded from the general pool of available coins that were minted. In addition to financial incentives, earning ResearchCoin is also the way you generate reputation in the community (your reputation is equal to your lifetime earnings of ResearchCoin). Having more reputation unlocks additional privileges in the community, such as the ability to moderate content. We also hope to use ResearchCoin to make grants in the future, and members with more reputation will be able to vote on which research projects get funded. ResearchHub is planning to be set up as a DAO on the Ethereum network, so all the governance and voting of the community can be done transparently. This work is still in progress.