The But isn’t Mendeley’s fault. It is a result of the evolution of our methods of scientific communication. I’m usually a fan of iteration, evolution. Not this time. I want instant, sweeping change.
I want to share all the PDFs in my Mendeley library with everyone. Right now.
I can’t, I know. Maybe some I can, some are OA articles or author preprints with redistribution rights. But most I can’t, because publisher licenses say I can’t. Because that is the way that is where we are right now. I get it, but it is SUCH A PAIN. Because my bibliography would be so much more useful to people if they could use it like I use it, by searching full text. And clustering. And browsing. And doing other things that you can only do with full text.
It isn’t well tagged, it isn’t well meta-dataed, because I don’t use it that way.
For others to go find PDFs for all the articles will be inconvenient, inefficient, and probably unsuccessful due to shrinking subscription budgets and uber-interdisciplinary nature of my field.
I normally like to talk about possible solutions when I talk about problems. In this case, though, I’m just taking a moment to imagine what the world would be like if we could just freely share research outputs with each other, completely, without a second thought.
Anyway, in this real world, if you are interested in data sharing, or just want to see what a Mendeley bibliography looks like, here’s my Data Sharing and Withholding Collection:
I’ll be creating other public collections too, for data reuse, data citations, etc. Here’s my Mendeley profile to watch if those topics interest you. Send your collections my way if you have related ones?
And if anyone really wants to see the PDFs, I can invite you into a Shared Collection. Better than in the old days of photocopying, right?