A technical point. If you use Adobe pdf maker then it is possible to reduce
the size of the file. The software provides that option.
--On 30 January 2006 16:00 +0100 "Brinkkemper, Otto"
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> Dear colleagues,
> Mark makes an important proposal to put our publications online ourselves
> in PDF format. It would indeed be great if we could generate a pool of
> PDF files! I have recently tried to create a PDF file myself by scanning
> a publication of which the publisher was not prepared to distribute PDF's
> of the chapters to the authors: The prehistory of the Netherlands (2005).
> For a c. 20 page chapter, the file became quite large (20 MB, scanned and
> saved at 300 DPI, a good printing quality, and acrobat distiller is
> needed). Does anyone have experiences in creating PDF files his/herself??
> Would a much smaller file also be adequate?? And: IF we decide to create
> a pool for PDF files of archaeobotanical publications, how easy would it
> be to find a site willing to host this (assuming Internet access is
> indispensible). And how can we secure that only suppliers of PDF-files
> have access (or should the trouble of generating PDF-files be compensated
> by more citations??). And: if journals provide PDF-files to authors, it
> might not be allowed to freely distribute these. How to handle this?? In
> conclusion: the perspective is great in my opinion, but there are some
> mountains to remove first... I would be curious to read if there are
> other ideas on this subject!
> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
> Van: The archaeobotany mailing list [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Namens Mark Nesbitt Verzonden: maandag 30 januari 2006 14:41
> Aan: Brinkkemper, Otto
> Onderwerp: Re: cheaper online journal access?
> Hi Lisa
> Online journals have been a boon for those with an Athens login (i.e. a
> UK university affiliation), but are no use to independent researchers.
> However, there are some ways round this:
> 1. Do just sufficient teaching or research at a local university so as to
> acquire honorary staff status (and that all important Athens login).
> 2. Order journal articles through your local library - should cost £1-£3.
> The BL charges much more for direct sales because it is passing on a
> copyright fee to the publisher. It doesn't have to charge this for supply
> of photocopies to libraries.
> 3. Use Google Scholar - quite good at finding freely accessible PDFs
> 4. Use Google's ordinary Advanced Search, searching on article title and
> file type=PDF If there's a freely available copy, it should come up.
> 5. email the author of the paper and ask for a PDF, after visiting their
> website to see if they automatically put everything online, e.g.:
> As most archaeobotanical literature won't get online through publishers
> (being published in low circulation journals and monographs), we should
> perhaps be putting our work online ourselves. This is becoming standard
> practice in the sciences, e.g. for plant evolution:
> Obviously work that is easier to access will be more cited.
> On 30 Jan 2006, at 11:52, Lisa Gray wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> Can any of you recommend the cheapset way I can view journal articles
>> I've just used British Library direct and it would cost me over £20 to
>> read the article I need and my alumni membership of UCL library
>> doesn't permit me to have remote access (and I won't get started on
>> the cost in money and time in rail travel to view the article
>> all the best,
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University of Liverpool
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