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Whenever there is a national, international or local vote I feel it's my duty to vote. My grandmother was a suffragette and their actions won the right for today's British women to vote. (She didn't go to jail because she had small children and the suffragettes...
[Quote in title is from Mark Hahnel, see below]I have been meaning to write on this theme for some time, and more generally on the increasing influence of DigitalScience's growing influence in parts of the academic infrastructure. This post is sparked by a...
I am speaking tomorrow at Lille to a group of Digita Humanists:Sminaire DRTD-SHSLes donnes de la recherche dans les humanits numriquesJourne du 21 avril 2015: Matriser les technologies pour valoriser les donnesLieu: MESHS (salle 2), 2 rue des Canonniers, 59000...

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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...