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Frequently Asked Questions

21 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does reading an abstract on Shvoong involve any payment?
Answer: No.

2. Who writes the abstracts on the Shvoong site?
Answer: Random surfers, who feel like writing in order to enrich the "synopsis of human knowledge" site and, at the same time, make some money.

3. How does one receive royalties for writing an abstract?
Answer: Upon entering the "Write an abstract" option, details are requested including an email address (for transfer of payment via PayPal). The surfer selects a book or an article, writes the abstract (according to the site's guidelines) and submits it. The money is transferred into the abstract-writer's account at the end of each month. The amount paid will be according to the "number of entries to abstract page" parameter.
Read more: How to Earn Money On Shvoong

4. And what if there are no entries?
Answer: Then there is no payment.

5. How much can one earn?
Answer: The source of Shvoong's profits is advertising. The site managers distribute 10% of the profits to the abstract-writers on whose abstract pages advertisement links were clicked on by random surfers. In addition, anyone translating an abstract to another language will receive 5%, according to the same principle.

6. How is the income from advertising accumulated?
Answer: As explained in the previous answer, advertisements appear in the margins of every page. The advertisers pay varying sums, ranging from several cents to several dollars, for each entry to the advertisement link by random surfers. At the end of each month, the computer totals the income and transfers the money.

7. Can I translate an abstract that appears on the site into another language?
Answer: Of course, we even recommend it. The translator receives 5% of the income from advertising (slightly less than what the original abstract-writer earns).

8. How do you prevent abstracts from being copied?
Answer: We have software that compares words, sentences and paragraphs at a certain level of identity and rejects texts suspected of being copied.

9. Does anyone review the abstract in terms of scientific accuracy, general reliability, or spelling and grammatical errors?
Answer: Not at all. Abstracts are graded only by the surfers. According to these ratings, the high-quality abstracts remain and the poor ones are dumped.

10. May I modify abstracts on the site?
Answer: Absolutely, but only your own. Each abstract-writer receives an access password to his or her abstracts only and can improve and update them to his or her heart's desire, provided they are still on the site.

11. What will prevent me from writing a poor-quality abstract in order to make some money?
Answer: Two things. (a) A bad abstract will be graded low by surfers until it disappears. (b) The chances of that same abstract earning royalties are low. In addition, Shvoong serves the population of intelligent readers, and this is the real incentive for writing well.

12. How do I enter my abstract in order to improve it?
Answer: Using the password you received when you submitted your first abstract.

13. Can I follow how much money has accumulated and is due to be transferred to my account?
Answer: Absolutely. Each abstract-writer has a log that displays the list of his or her abstracts and the sums accumulated by each.

14. When do you pay?
Answer: On the 5th day of every month, provided the abstract-writer accumulated more than $10.

15. How do you prevent writers from entering the site and clicking repeatedly on their abstract in order to artificially increase the sum it accumulates?
Answer: Our computer identifies multiple entries from a single computer and disqualifies the suspected surfer.

16. And what if someone operates a network of clickers or a criminal computer?
Answer: It won't pay off. Our security system will, sooner or later, uncover the network and in addition, the scam will cost them more than it will earn them.

17. What "human knowledge" does Shvoong focus on?
Answer: All of the important books (canonical works) imaginable and all scientific articles written throughout human history, including current studies conducted by academic institutions throughout the world, according to the surfers' preferences.

18. Can I submit an abstract from a Master's or Doctoral thesis that I wrote, with a link to the article itself?
Answer: Absolutely, it's even recommended.

19. How will you prevent surfers from kicking my abstract, which deals with my article, off the site?
Answer: We won't. A random surfer might summarize your article better (after being exposed to it). In any case, the public will be the judge of that.

20. Suppose I want to search for the name of a book that was translated into another language but which is not the same as the original name. How would I go about it?
Answer: The names of all books appear in English as well. We trust that you will manage.

21. I haven't found an answer to my important question. Where can I send it?
Answer: support@shvoong.com

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