Interesting study by Wikimedia Foundation into the availability of Wikipedia's references across different subjects. Sad to see that Chemistry ranks very low, with a high percentage of pay-walled references.
Should also link to the twitter thread: https://twitter.com/Wikimedia/status/1031581857035497472
@solarchemist Something I've realised recently – chemistry doesn't seem to have any major open access repository. Physics has arXiv, biomedical has PubMed, astronomy has ADS... But chemistry has nothing but a conspicuous absence.
@invaderxan Yeah, that could very well be contributing. This absence is problematic, and ACS (of all orgs) actually launched a chemistry preprint server in late 2016, but I've never heard of it since. In my opinion, a preprint server would be very useful, but some org with open access credibility should probably operate it.
@solarchemist Really? Wow, I actually had no idea. I'm without institutional access right now and ironically, ACS papers are the hardest for me to get copies of.
I wonder how a preprint server could be set up. Even if it's just a chemistry section of arXiv, it would help.
Also, the irony is strong here:
@invaderxan Yep, ACS is also a driving force behind the legal process against Scihub. They are definitely not an example of scholarship in chemistry for the future.
Creating a working preprint server for chemistry should be the easy part, but uptake among chemists is the tricky bit, I reckon.
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