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AI-based language service Writefull joins Digital Science portfolio

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Digital Science, a technology company serving stakeholders across the research ecosystem, welcomes artificial intelligence (AI) based language platform, Writefull, to the Digital Science family of companies. 

Writefull helps authors improve the clarity of their work. It suggests improvements to grammar and spelling, and to academic language usage, such as sentence structures in scientific writing, discipline-specific vocabulary, and appropriate word choice. These suggestions are based on real-world, context-specific usage rather than on a fixed set of grammatical rules. 

Winner of a 2016 Digital Science Catalyst Grant, Writefull has been supported in their development from an early stage idea to high-growth potential company, and is the first significant investment in AI by Digital Science. The platform has learned billions of sentences taken from scientific literature, making it very different from the standard rules-based grammar applications. 

'I first met Juan and Alberto, the Writefull founders, in 2016, and their potential to make a huge impact in the research space was immediately clear,' said Steve Scott, Director of Portfolio Development, Digital Science. 'Writefull will help authors to improve and express their ideas clearly before they submit articles for publication, especially those who have English as their second language. And publishers can use it to help relieve the administrative burden on editors, maintain house style and to help with quality control.' 'Support from Digital Science has been invaluable,' said Juan Castro, CEO, Writefull. 'From winning the Catalyst Grant to the advice we were given through the programme, to receiving this significant investment, Digital Science has enabled us to quickly develop the idea towards becoming a service that researchers and publishers can use. We’re excited to be joining the portfolio.'