How to reply to #icanhazpdf in 3 seconds
Yesterday my friend Hauke and I theorized about a kind of dream scenario- a totally distributed, easy to use, publication liberation system. This is perhaps not feasible at this point . Today we’re going to present something that will be useful right now. The essential goal here is to make it so that anyone, anywhere, can access the papers they need in a timely manner. The idea is to take advantage of existing strategies and tools to streamline paper sharing as much as possible. Folks already do this- every day on twitter or in private, requests for papers are made and fulfilled. Our goal is to completely streamline this process down to a few clicks of your mouse. That way a small but dedicated group of folks – the Papester Collective – can ensure that #icanhazpdf requests are fulfilled almost instantly. This is a work in progress. Leave comments on how to improve and further streamline this system and join the collective!
SHORT VERSION: HOW TO GET A PAPER BEHIND A PAYWALL QUICKLY
Tweet (for example): “#icanhazpdf http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4568-12.2013”
HOW TO JOIN THE COLLECTIVE AND START SERVING REQUESTS
SHORT INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIRED SOFTWARE:
- Twitter: Monitor #icanhazpdf #requests
Zotero and zotero browser plugin: after clicking on DOI link or abstract page just click on ‘Save to Zotero’ button to auto-grabs PDFs
Zotfile: automatically copies new Zotero pdfs files saved to public Dropbox folder
Dropbox linker: automatically adds links from public folder to your clipboard
Reply to request tweets: paste URL from clipboard and if you want #papester
That’s it! Now you can just click request links, click the Zotero get PDF button, and CTRL+V a dropbox direct download link in response!
1.The fundamental problem: uploading huge repositories of scientific papers is not sensible for now. It’s too much data (50 million papers * 0.5-1.5 megabytes together make up ~ 25-75 Terrabytes) and the likelihood for every paper to be downloaded is more uniformly distributed than with files traditionally shared like music. For instance, there are 100 million songs x 3.5 mb songs, and it is difficult to find exotic songs online – some songs have decent availability now because there are only a few favourites – not so with favourite papers. Also, fewer people will share papers than songs, so this makes it more even more difficult to sustain a complete repository. Thus, we need a system that fufills requests individually.
Disclaimer: Please make sure you only share papers with friends who also have the copyrights to the papers you share.