Frequently Asked Questions #

What happened to evoText and RLetters? #

Quick answer: both evoText and RLetters are now known as Sciveyor.

Two longer answers: While the project was initially targeted at the analysis of journal literature in “the evolutionary sciences” (broadly speaking), we’ve come to realize that there are a variety of general-science questions that can be answered using Sciveyor – especially since we have access to journals like Nature and the PLoS catalog. The name “evoText” was thus too narrow, and tended to make users underestimate how useful the site could be.

We also initially made a distinction between “RLetters” – the software that powered evoText – and evoText itself – the combination of the software with our corpus of articles. This proved to be more confusing than helpful. Sciveyor is now both a piece of software and a website; if you would like to build your own version of Sciveyor running against your own corpus of journal articles, you’ll find all of our code at https://codeberg.org/sciveyor.

I selected my language in the user preferences, but all the text is still in English #

The list of languages indicates all the languages in which it is possible to translate the application. For most of these languages, the bulk of the translation work has not yet been done. If you’d like to contribute translations in your native language, we’d love to have them: please visit the contributing translations page at the website for more information about how you can help.

Does Sciveyor use cookies? #

Yes, but only to store a very small amount of data about whether you’re logged in and to enable the “Remember me” function for logins. You can visit a page containing information about cookie usage in two ways:

  1. Click “Help”, then “User data” in the navigation bar. There should be a link to the cookie policy on that page.
  2. Clear your browser’s cookies, reload the site, and select “More information” in the cookie warning which appears.

These connections with other systems are only as good as the results that they make available to us, and (due to technical limitations) in some cases we can only perform title-based searches to connect documents here to external documents. A “page not found” error means that title-based search received no hits, while returning an incorrect document simply means that the top search hit for the title of the document you’re looking for isn’t the right document. You can try to search for these documents directly on the respective external websites.