How technology is disrupting Academic Research

Technology is shrinking the boundaries of the world and democratizing the process of learning. It has the potential to provide equal opportunities and lower the cost of learning. Technology is disrupting the education sector front and center in a very positive way. Gone are the days of piled up research papers, delayed collaborations, and fear of plagiarism. Academic research is an area that is being shaped by technology in order to give more power to researchers. Here are a few software that are empowering academic researchers:


Mendley is changing the way researchers manage their references, discover research papers and collaborate with one another. It is a software by Elsevier, it is a reference management system available for Windows and Mac.


Turnitin is one of the oldest technological tool available in the market for researchers. It is a platform that checks for the plagiarism in the text. Researchers submitting papers and thesis use this software extensively. It was founded in 1998 founded by four university students as a peer review application.


The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. (Source:


GraphPad is statistical analysis software used to plot graphs and analyse data. It is commonly used by researchers who produce a lot of data points.

A few more softwares/portals that are used frequently by researchers are:

EndNote for reference management

OriginPlot for plotting data and graphs

Research gate for queries and collaborations

Atlas.ti for qualitative analysis


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