Conservation science not available to conservationists

“Most conservation science not available to conservationists” is a new Conservation blogazine article. It riffs on the recent academic paper “Achieving Open Access to Conservation Science” which examined how much…

scientific research published since the year 2000 in 20 conservation science journals is [now] publicly available

They asked how many of those papers had made their way into open repositories. Only 8.68%, it appears.

Deep article linking in PDF-linked search results

This is interesting. My search for Lovecraft / sort-by-date on JURN gave this result on the first page…


It’s from the latest issue of The Fossil, the journal for the historians of the amateur journalism movement, which is served up as a single PDF with many articles in it. What’s interesting from an academic search perspective is how Google has successfully plucked an article from deep inside the PDF, and yet been able to shown it as a discreet link with the correct title. The opening article in this issue also references H.P. Lovecraft, but it’s tangential since that article is a wider one on the United Amateur Press Association. The main Lovecraft article in the issue is indeed David Goudsward’s “A Visit to Haverhill”, although the topic is not indicated in its title. So it seems Google now has the (new?) ability to pluck a relevant article title out of a longer scholarly PDF, and to present its title in search results as if it were a discreet article. A nice addition to JURN’s capabilities, if such results can be served consistently.


Blinklist, a new non-fiction book summary service. I tried the timely Spillover (scientific look at the history and future trajectory of plagues), and got a clear and well structured 4,800 word summary.

The free trial lasts for three days, then it’s $5 a month for a three-month lock-in. I noted:

* You can’t use their save-to-Kindle button, except via the paid version.
* No RSS feed, to alert you to newly added books.
* A moderate amount of dubious bestseller fluff (Jared Diamond, Naomi Klein, Malcolm Gladwell, etc).
* Currently only 40 new books added per month.
* Strong in ‘the latest business buzz’ and popular science books.
* A noticeable liberal/left bias in selection.
* Really ugly line breaks on the text of the website’s catalogue cards.
* No spoken-word versions of the summaries.
* No rider that similarly digests and impartially evaluates all the pertinent criticisms of the book, from the various reviews.

But it’s certainly an interesting business model, and delivers what it promises. I’ll be interested to see if I get totally locked out of the content when my three-day trial expires, or not.


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