Schlagwort-Archive: PDF

Personalized PDFs?

I suspect that scientific publishers are creating now more and more dynamic PDFs just by the observation of an unexpected loading delay of a PDF from Routledge / Taylor & Francis group.

These are the websites that are all being contacted while creating this PDF seems part of a larger reference organizer network and links to is the soon to be retired Alexa internet / Amazon service. forwards to, the business social network. Then we have Twitter ads, Cloudflare security and Google Analytics. All major players now know that my IP is interested in COVID-19 research. Did I ever agree to submit my IP and time stamp when looking up a rather crude scientific paper? This is  exactly what the DFG already warned us about last October

For some time now, the major academic publishers have been fundamentally changing their business model with significant implications for research: aggregation and the reuse or resale of user traces have become relevant aspects of their business. Some publishers now explicitly regard themselves as information analysis specialists. Their business model is shifting from content provision to data analytics.

Another paper describes the situation as “Forced marriages and bastards”…

My question is : Can Francis & Taylor even do more? The structure of PDFs allows including objects including Javascript. When examining “document.pdf” using pdf-parser I could not find any javascript or my current IP. I cannot exclude however that the chopped up IP is stamped somewhere in a faked rectangle. At least the DFG document says that

Organisations might argue that such software allows for the prosecution of users of shadow libraries.



Sci-Hub and Elsevier: like David and Goliath?

The publishing industry complains about Sci-Hub, the Kzakhstan website that provides free PDF access by pulling them through some .edu proxies. This is not new while the publishing industry’ protest is getting louder and louder: Sci-Hub and Elsevier: like David and Goliath? weiterlesen

Spotlight indexing of Papers keywords

So far, spotlight indexing of Papers’ keywords is not possible (while being planned for a future release according to an email that I received today from one author). In the meantime, here is a workaround.

1. Export the whole Papers database as tmp.csv
Spotlight indexing of Papers keywords weiterlesen