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We are having a ContentMine hackday - open to all - this Friday in Cambridge https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/contentmining-hackday-in-cambridge-facilitated-by-contentmine-tickets-716287435 .We are VERY grateful to Laura James, from our Advisory Board who also...
One of the "benefits" we get from paying publishers to publish our work is that they "typeset" it. Actually they don't. They pay typesetters to mutilate it. I don't know how much they pay but it's probably > 10 USD per page. This means that when you pay...
TL;DR We had a great session at FORCE2015 yesterday in Oxford - people liked it, understood it, and are wanting to join us.We ran a pre-conference workshop for 3 hours followed by extra hack. This was open to all and all sorts of people came including:librarypublisheracademichackerscholarly...

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Prof. Henry Rzepa recounts his recent experience with installing and running Macmillan's Readcube; a device to allow DRM'ed access to read-only scholarly literature. [I have not used it myself (and will not) but trust Henry absolutely to give an accurate account....
My great collaborator Henry Rzepa has read the last post and delved into Macmillan's ReadCube and found it to be totally flawed and unacceptable (http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2014/12/03/natures-fauxpen-access-leaves-me-very-sad-and-very-angry/#comment-471649)....
No word yet from ACS so some of this is hypothetical – but they are communal hypotheses.It seems the spider trap is part of Atypon software (http://www.atypon.com). From their site:Atypon delivers innovative solutions that revolutionize the way publishers...

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Altmetric.com score for the newsitem by Van Noorden (see text).The big (non-science) news this week was the announcement that papers from a wide selection of Nature Publishing Group (NPG) journals can now be shared allowing others without a subscription...
I found this short piece from C&EN's Sophie Rovner pretty interesting:Online Access To ACS Publications Is Restored After Some Customers Were Unintentionally Blocked On Wednesday, a blog published information about a security feature that the American...
This post is a response to this post by Rosie Redfield."It's time for open-access advocates and especially publishers to take on the responsibility of informing authors of all the consequences, not just the good ones."I think this is the fundamental disconnect...