Why You Should Use State of K

State of K helps everyone find the best available answer
to any researchable question.
It is especially valuable for scholars, policymakers, students,
and anyone who conducts a lot of research.

Gather all the literature for your research.
In minutes.
Gathering literature can be tedious.
Our dead simple interface lets you quickly search for studies with different search terms.
When you select relevant studies, State of K automatically collects sources cited by those studies.
This allows you to complete a list in minutes.


Question: Do economic sanctions improve human rights?
Previously used terms: "economic sanctions human rights" and "smart sanctions civil rights"

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Never duplicate research.
Study lists are public and searchable. You never have to duplicate the work that others put into researching a question.
If you are interested in a question someone researched a while back, you can pick up right where they left off and continue finding studies to add to that list.
Do economic sanctions improve human rights?
Do economic sanctions reduce bilateral trade?
Do economic sanctions promote democratization?
Do economic sanctions reduce the GDP of the sanctioning country?
What motivates governments to impose economic sanctions?

Stay up to date
with minimal effort.
Our algorithms recommend newly published (or previously missing) articles to be added to a list. Recommendations appears on each list page.
Members vote on whether to add recommended studies to the main list and our algorithms consider those votes when making that determination.

We think this recently published study may directly examine the question in this list. Should we consider adding this study to this list?
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Understand literature on unfamiliar topics.
In seconds.
For every study in a list, we provide information to help you assess the value of that study.
For study lists on yes-or-no questions, our algorithms can determine the answer that each study provides to the question (in some cases - we're working on it).
We then aggregate those answers into a nifty chart that expresses the state of our knowledge on that question.
Plain English summaries of studies
Key studies & literature reviews highlighted
Criticisms of studies identified
Conflicts of interest noted
Chart expressing the state of our knowledge

Supercharge the influence of your research.
When you produce great quality research, your work should influence decisions and public discussion more than poor analysis and uninformed opinion.
State of K ensures that high quality work is featured prominently and during moments in public discussion when it will have the most impact.
We promote State of K among decision-makers and influential scholars and researchers, and to the public at large, helping you maximize your work's influence.
Timely, well-researched work prominently displayed
Add your research to relevant study lists
Expose your research to key decision-makers
Broadcast your work to the public at large

Improve public debate with "questions to consider"
Too many forums devolve into shouting matches. We have a more constructive way to engage.
If you are afraid that a certain question might lead readers to a conclusion you are skeptical of, or if you want to bring attention to a specific dimension of a question, submit what we call a "question to consider".
These are questions that you want readers of a particular question to also consider. You submit your additional question and then create a list of studies for it. Links to "questions to consider" appear on the sidebar of a study list. Here is an example.
Say you find a study list for:
Do voter ID laws reduce voter fraud?
If you are skeptical of such laws, submit:
Do voter ID laws reduce voter turnout among citizens?
If you are worried about voter fraud, submit:
How prevalent is voter fraud?
If you are neutral, but curious, submit:
Do voter ID laws increase trust in democracy?
Once you create a list on this new question and that list is approved by State of K, your new "question to consider" study list will appear on the sidebar when someone reads the original voter fraud study list.