Searching for Open Access Chemistry on Google
The way people search for and find chemistry information is always in flux. Right now, Open Access is a hot topic (e.g. Open Source Archivangelism post) and it is interesting to see how those seeking OA sources are connecting with those who choose to share information in that way.
This morning I noticed from our SiteMeter referrals that someone had found some of our experiments (EXP019) involving anisaldehyde by doing a Google search with the advanced features set to include only documents with usage rights set to "free to use or share". A nice benefit of using Wikispaces as our lab notebook is that the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license is applied by default to all content using the basic free account.
Looking at some of the other hits from that search provides an interesting sample of Open Access sources in chemistry currently being used:
- a Public Library of Science journal PLoS Pathogens
- a Biomed Central journal, Respiratory Research
- a Wikipedia mirror site