occasionally, clicking through yet another half-arsed GDPR-mandated cookie management screen, i find myself thinking "the GDPR has buggered up the web"

then i catch myself.

no, it hasn't. the way companies have opted to respond to the GDPR is what's buggered up the web. they could have been nice and unobtrusive about it, but no, they decided that *every user in the EU* should suffer their protests at not being able to stow thousands of fragments of random shite on a whim all over their vict- sorry, users' computers.

Big news in :

- No more embargoes
- No more copyright transfer
- No hybrid journals
- A cap on APCs

...for practically all European-funded research from 2020 onwards. It's called , and it's fantastic!


Server upgrade and Patreon 

Many of you have generously offered to support scholar.social as our server costs are going up

For the VPS tier we're on, this last upgrade brings our costs to $36/month and ~ $10/month in S3 costs for media

I set up the following Patreon page:


Please do not feel obligated to donate, especially if it would stress you financially

But if you are able, willing and happy to keep Scholar Social running, please do so! :)

Thanks everyone!

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