This new way of finding articles is cool. Three people sent me this link in the last few days (two mathematicians and one social scientist). It’s not new, but it is the first sign of organisation spreading beyond social scientists’ personal friendship lines.
But it is a piecemeal approach, a laborious micro-rebellion. Seriously, when will we in the social studies and humanities realise that what we really need is a much larger, concerted movement against the outrageous system of academic journals? What we need is our own version of the ArXiV which is currently used by everyone in the mathematical and computer sciences, physics, statistics, quantitative biology and quantitative finance. We aren’t children. We must make the rules, not break them.