• August 5, 2016 at 10:25 pm #1679
    Paulcallister
    Participant

    Its great to read summaries of recent relevant research on this Predator Free website. But when one gets to the end of many of the abstracts/summaries you find that the full article is behind a paywall. Two recent examples are “Doing the sums” (a somewhat ironic title given this barrier) and “Better baits and better trapping”. Luckily if one searches via Google you can find these articles have been uploaded to Researchgate so free copies are actually available. But it does seem a little odd to me that often research that has been funded through the public purse is put behind paywall journals. We have a large volunteer workforce doing the trapping who is often interested in reading the science, including more than just reading the abstract. In many overseas situations those researchers who get public money are required to publish in open access journals. If we are going to make NZ predator free then research should be free too.

  • August 29, 2016 at 10:26 am #1781
    Kate Guthrie
    Keymaster

    Hi Paul – thanks for the tip about Researchgate – we’ll check for papers to link to there in future. You raise a good point about open access journals, but its not something we have a great deal of influence over, here at PFNZ Trust. We’d certainly support relevant research on predator control etc being widely available to everyone, not just those with institutional access.

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