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[DIYbio] Science research papers require viewing Adverts, no-thanks to Science/AAAS



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Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 11:06:08 -0600
From: James Salsman <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [DIYbio] Science research papers require viewing Adverts, no-thanks to Science/AAAS
Reply-To: [email protected]

I think there is some potential and nuance here that we should explore
in depth. Wouldn't free papers with clearly labeled ads be a
substantially better alternative to exclusively for-pay research
articles?  I mean, nobody would boycott a scientific journal which
paid for its publication by accepting responsible ads, would they?
Although I strongly approve of measures to automatically hide ads for
those who wish to do sp (and I advocate to protect such systems
frequently, occasionally at some inconvenience and risk to my ability
to continue research and development work with corporations funded by
ads) there are times when viewing ads unquestionably provides useful
data about existing and potential sponsorship. That information is
sometimes very valuable to researchers seeking supplemental funding
for their work, as well as understanding the economic attributes of
suppliers, re-sellers, large influencers and conglomerates affecting
their research landscape.


On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 8:58 PM, Bryan Bishop <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM, Jonathan Cline <[email protected]> wrote:
>>
>> I would like to register my distaste for seeing advertisements within
>> research publications aka journal articles.  Science/AAAS (Sciencemag.org)
>> is one major offender noticed so far.
>>
>> Taxpayers pay for research.
>> Journals are charging $$$ for access to that research.
>> Some journals are now inserting Advertisements directly into the research
>> papers.
>>
>> This is a very distasteful practice.  Frankly it is insulting. I would
>> purposely avoid purchasing products from advertisers who choose to attach
>> advertisements directly to published journal articles.
>
>
> Today I updated pdfparanoia to remove AAAS/sciencemag ads from papers. Call
> it "AdBlock for Science" if you will...
>
> https://github.com/kanzure/pdfparanoia/commit/cc7d14d173be9b4a79adb97fba092914255a92f4
>
> Samples:
> http://diyhpl.us/~bryan/papers2/paperbot/To%20Favor%20Survival%20Under%20Food%20Shortage%2C%20the%20Brain%20Disables%20Costly%20Memory.pdf
> http://diyhpl.us/~bryan/papers2/paperbot/Large-Pore%20Apertures%20in%20a%20Series%20of%20Metal-Organic%20Frameworks.pdf
> http://diyhpl.us/~bryan/papers2/paperbot/Reconstituting%20Organ-Level%20Lung%20Functions%20on%20a%20Chip.pdf
> http://diyhpl.us/~bryan/papers2/paperbot/Laser%20Scribing%20of%20High-Performance%20and%20Flexible%20Graphene-Based%20Electrochemical%20Capacitors.pdf
> http://www.era-mx.org/biblio/Ostrom,%202009.pdf
>
> I would also appreciate other samples if anyone has them. So far only papers
> since 2012 have these ads. But this is a disgusting trend.
>
> - Bryan
> http://heybryan.org/
> 1 512 203 0507
>
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