Tag Archives: Science

Unpaywall: a site for finding academic papers that are free

The journal Nature recently reported on a website called Unpaywall, developed by computer scientists to help academics demonstrate how much of their work is freely available to download. Launched in 2017, the site has become a really useful place to … Continue reading

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It’s hard to find something, if it’s not there anymore.

It’s also hard to find or recognize something if you don’t know what search terms to use, what it’s called or anything about it. Searching requires curiosity and interest. It’s about an intelligent and planned, strategic and enthusiastic way of … Continue reading

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Peer review: not much fun?

Just a quick post to flag up an interesting article in 3rd June’s issue of the The Economist on how to make peer review less onerous: Preview and prosper. Whoever thought there’d be a statue dedicated to peer review?  

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New scientist regains independence

New Scientist has announced in its 20 May 2017 issue that it has returned to independent ownership having been owned by Reed Business Information since the early 1970s. It has been bought by Kingston Acquisitions which the FT describes as … Continue reading

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Missing you already…or not?

Happy new year! Here’s an interesting bit of news to start off 2017. An article in Science magazine 6 Jan 2017 describes how hundreds of universities, technical schools and research institutes and public libraries in Germany will be starting the … Continue reading

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Another article in support of open access

I’ve posted several times on the open access movement which aims to end the practice of charging to read academic papers describing research which has usually been publicly funded in the first place. The latest case for open access is … Continue reading

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Let the bells ring out, spreading harmony

An appropriately festive article of especial interest to me (as a bell-ringer, or “campanologist” if you like long words), entitled Ding dong measurement on high, swung into my in-box from ScienceDaily over the weekend and inspired me to think about … Continue reading

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Nature publishers make articles free to share for read-only

This is an interesting move by Nature. The publishing group is enabling subscribers to share its articles without charge for others to read online. The initial paragraph stating that “all research papers from Nature will be made free to read … Continue reading

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And some good news for open access…and a cautionary tale

A new Charity Open Access Fund has been created by 6 medical organisations: Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and open access’s old friend, the Wellcome Trust, which is … Continue reading

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Scirus, one of the first science search engines, is “retiring” soon

I was sad to read that Scirus is being retired next year (2014). Scirus is one of the most comprehensive and oldest science search engines, plus it has the added advantage of having an Advanced search option. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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