Unpaywall is a service that indexes open access repositories, university, government and scholarly society archives, and other sources that make articles available with authorization from the rightsholders and journals — about 47% of the articles that its users seek.
It runs as a browser extension that adds notifier to your browser window when you load a scholarly article, with an icon that tells you whether there’s an open access fulltext, and whether it’s “green” or “gold” OA.
It won’t replace Sci-Hub’s near-complete archive of scholarly publications, but it’s a useful adjunct that avoids the hassle of digging up whichever the current working Sci-Hub mirror is.
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The Beautiful Shitholes is David Byrne’s Spotify playlist of music from the countries Donald Trump infamously condemned as “shitholes.”
An act of heroic trolling from Net Neutrality advocate Rob Bliss, who “throttled” access to DC’s 12th Street by traffic-coning all but one lane, then cycled slowly up and down the remaining lane with a sign offering drivers “priority access” to his “fast lane” for $5/month.
In 2016, Victoria Jamieson won the prestigious Newberry Honor Award for Roller Girl, a beautiful, moving, hilarious middle-grades graphic novel about friendship, girlhood and roller-derby; her 2017 followup All’s Faire in Middle School will delight everyone who loved Roller Girl with a tale of Ren Faire, misfits, forgiveness and resilience.
Demand is high for IT professionals, but, as any expert will tell you, certifying your skills is almost mandatory for climbing the career ladder. While a host of certification options exist, they’re not all created equal. For those looking to break into the field, it’s essential to select a certification that’s recognized by the industry […]