Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Attack the Pay Wall!


One of the world's largest funders of science is to throw its weight behind a growing campaign to break the stranglehold of academic journals and allow all research papers to be shared online.
Nearly 9,000 researchers have already signed up to a boycott of journals that restrict free sharing as part of a campaign dubbed the "academic spring" by supporters due to its potential for revolutionising the spread of knowledge.

People may wonder why, when it comes to earthquakes, I am 'All Hat and No Cattle'.  Two things:  first, getting references is intensely boring, and second, there's nothing this side of the Pay Wall.

When I wrote a lot for Wikipedia, I stuck with pictures and references on the web, copyright-free.  That pretty well confined you to the USGS!  Soon I ran out of things!  I've noticed now that a lot of those writers have pumped up their articles with unobtainable references, which goes along well with their poor interpretations.  :)

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