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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Citizen Scientists Hampered By Illegal Paywalls on Publicly Funded Research, and a Fix

This girl started the free distribution of science articles
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3471818/Catch-Science-thief-stole-48MILLION-academic-papers-publishers-online-free-says-s-Robin-Hood-won-t-caught.html

She also set up Sci-Hub which didn't appear to work for me, but here it is

https://sci-hub.io/

And here is a way to surf anonymously without the hassle of setting up TOR

http://anonymouse.org/anonwww.html

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICanHazPDF

uses the hashtag #ICanHazPDF

One way to try to get research papers behind paywalls.

More from Wiki

12 comments:

  1. Just sign up for ResearchGate, find the paper you want, and contact the author. They usually will send you a copy of their paper. This assumes you are a legit researcher. Publicly funded research that ends up on places like Elsevier, a publishing company, are not expected to be free. This is because the author initiates the publication process, not the sponsoring agency. Usually the publication funds are paid by the research budget, yet unless made public by a university or other organization, the onus is on the researcher to find the mechanism to "publish or perish". This is how it's done.

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    1. Once the research is published at a pay site, the publication is the property of the publisher. Attempts to access the publication via backdoor or any other means is stealing, and a crime or unethical or both. Usually universities and other labs/organization in the US have access to pay sites through library subscriptions. So students don't have to pay. Citizen scientists, amateurs and hobbyists are usually SOL. It's not fair sure but if they want to play they have to pay. Those are the rules. Breaking rules is not a good characteristic for honest people. Maybe their organization should pay. Greenpeace has a $400 million budget. Surely they can afford a drop in the bucket. Same with NIRS and WISE. Thing is these organizations cry foul but they are not poor. NIRS bought Mariotte a retirement house in NC. Gratis.

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  3. Bottom line (no pun intended) is that ever more sites are requiring membership which only restricts the sharing of knowledge, especially by non-industry related investigators!

    This hurts everyone because who knows where the next discovery will come from?

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    1. The discoveries that come from amateurs is rare. Hubble and the expanding universe comes to mind. People who undertake efforts for a living are better equipped to understand the complete picture than rag tag hobbyists. Hubble wasn't rag tag. He was the exception. For nuclear, citizen scientists are shut out from access and resources and often wander in the dark. A lot of it has to do with the fact that many investigators work in secure facilities. In order to work there, a clearance is granted after an in depth scrutiny of psychological and emotional states. These folks are not likely to be on YouTube threatening and harrassing honest competent researchers.

      You might cry foul but it's actually very difficult work to do right. If it were easy then everyone would be doing it. People that do this work professionally understand there is no right to privacy and it carries a burden to live under a microscope when one little thing gets blown out of proportion by an ill-equipped media.

      Right after Fukushima and during the early days, there was Gundersen on CNN claiming to be the all knowing expert. As we now know much of his information, e.g. the moderated criticality, was not properly investigated.

      Independent investigations lack two things- validation, and propertreatment of uncertainty.

      Independent investigators should logically prove their hypothesis and have some rudimentary statistical analysis. The pRobles of gereralization, not supporting assumptions, and simplistic modeling of an inherently complex process can not be understated. People then fall in the trap of believing their findings without any validation.

      Independent investigations should not be tainted but it often is.

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    2. You can get get papers at OSTI.

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  4. Non-industry investigators get no special or preferential treatment. You want to play you have to pay. Goes for any profrssion; medicine, law, doesn't matter.All people really need to do is play nice. Don't be uncivil and belligerent and act professional when dealing with people on a professional level. Ask nice. Citizen investigators are encouraged to spend some time doing research-centered vacations in order to understand how scientific investigation is properly conducted. Many times self styled researchers rely on biased information sources, websites, and blogs. In the end their conclusions are also biased. There is supposed to be no bias when conducting independent investigations however what usually happens is that the cart is put before the horse. In the end you get shoddy work, like Durnford and you end up on YouTube or worse, in front of a judge and jury.

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  5. Kook, you arent a scientist, you have said it yourself over and over.. you may have taken science courses.. but you my friend are a technician.. you operate... you are certified on control boards and button clicks... soo even a scientific sounding job doesnt make you a scientist. However, when we are making hypotheses, taking observations, generating more questions, altering our hypos, taking more data\observations and coming to conclusions, that is SCIENCE... following an instruction manual no matter how complex it may be is NOT science.

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    1. I'm an engineer. I take science and mold it into things people can use. Science never built anything. Yet without science we could not investigate how to accomplish the implementation. That's the difference. Nown get your thumb out of your assistance and do something that moves humanity forward without trashing the planet. That's what I'm doing.

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    2. I'm an engineer. I take science and mold it into things people can use. Science never built anything. Yet without science we could not investigate how to accomplish the implementation. That's the difference. Nown get your thumb out of your assistance and do something that moves humanity forward without trashing the planet. That's what I'm doing.

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