Unpaywall is a handy little open source project, available to use as a browser extension, which makes it easier to find open access copies of journal papers.

I just thought I'd share this here for those who may need it. I find it very useful!

unpaywall.org/

I recently learned about hematene. It's a 2D material similar to graphene, and made in the same way, except instead of carbon it's made from α-Fe2O3 (hematite). It also looks like it has excellent potential as a photocatalyst.

Makes me wonder what other 2D materials we might have yet to discover.

(Balan et al, 2018)
nature.com/articles/s41565-018

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.
wikimediafoundation.org/2018/0
Should also link to the twitter thread: twitter.com/Wikimedia/status/1

That was my first toot, btw. Yay :-) More scholarly stuff to come in the future.

Installed my first ever Git server . I published a short write-up of the setup process on my blog. Easy enough, and looks great.
chepec.se/2018/07/24/self-host

Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant for: researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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