NASA publishes first Curiosity research papers behind a paywall; Michael Eisen sets them free


What? And he’s still alive?

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Any bets that if the NSA’s (no, not a typo) budgets gets cut by Congress, they’ll take their cue from NASA’s (again, not a typo here either) and start charging the Representatives just so they can look at their documents? Touching them? That’s extra.

They’ve already got that “you’re not allowed to make copies” part down pat.

I don’t know about planetary science, etcetera, but fairly standard practice in Biology would be for the authors’ manuscripts to be freely available, while the version published in the journal remains protected by copyright. The professional staff of the journal has been paid to reformat the manuscript (into a particular font and style guide, with text in multiple columns and the figures modified to fit the page neatly, etcetera). Eisen’s stunt is cute, but probably not legal; he should have asked the authors for PDFs made from the manuscripts they sent to Science.

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