Remember when you had to go to the library to photocopy a paper, or send a little card to an author to request a hardcopy reprint? PDF’s and the Internet were supposed to change all that. Now, I know that the state of scientific publishing is actively mutating, and hasn’t settled yet, but I’m dismayed at a change in the access to a reprint of mine on Google Scholar.
I like Google Scholar because it usually has links directly to pdfs, as opposed to other scientific search engines that either don’t or have links buried somewhere on the page. That, and because Google Scholar is freely accessible anywhere, it’s very convenient when I’m travelling. But the link to a reprint of mine has changed.
Previously, when I searched in Google Scholar for “David Raikow” and found the listing for my paper “Bivalve diets in a midwestern US stream: A stable isotope enrichment study”, it linked directly to the pdf. This paper happens to be published in Limnology and Oceanography, and is freely accessible through their “Free Access Publication” program (meaning I paid a fee allowing free distribution):
Free Access Publicationarticles are available without a subscription. All other articles less than five years old require a current subscription to L&O. Articles published five or more years ago are fully searchable without a subscription.
But now the link to the L&O reprint is secondary. The first link, the link attached to the paper’s title, now goes to JSTOR, which has this statement:
In other words, it’s now more difficult to find the reprint for free. I surely hope this trend does not continue. All this rasises the question: just what are rules governing reprint distribution these days? Do I have the right to post links to PDF’s myself? I’m going to look into this, so if you know of any guides please comment.