CLEF 2023 SimpleText Track

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SimpleText: Automatic Simplification of Scientific Texts

The general public tends to avoid reliable sources such as scientific literature due to their complex language and lacking background knowledge. Instead, they rely on shallow and derived sources on the web and in social media - often published for commercial or political incentives, rather than informational value. Can text simplification help to remove some of these access barriers? The SimpleText track is a part of the CLEF initiative which promotes the systematic evaluation of information access systems, primarily through experimentation on shared tasks. SimpleText addresses the challenges of text simplification approaches in the context of promoting scientific information access, by providing appropriate data and benchmarks. The track uses a corpus of scientific literature abstracts and popular science requests. Our overall use case is to create a simplified summary of multiple scientific documents based on a popular science query which provides a user with an accessible overview of this specific topic.
The track has the following three concrete tasks.


How to participate

In order to participate, you should sign up at the CLEF website:

All team members should join the SimpleText mailing list:

The data will be made available to all registered participants.


SimpleText is supported by the French research network on Big Data - Data Science MADICS. This research was funded, in whole or in part, by the French National Research Agency (ANR) under the project ANR-22-CE23-0019-01.