Elsevier Experiments With Allowing 'Text Mining' of Its Journals

Elsevier Experiments With Allowing 'Text Mining' of Its Journals 1

Courtesy of Heather Piwowar

Heather Piwowar, of the U. of British Columbia, helped negotiate the deal.

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Courtesy of Heather Piwowar

Heather Piwowar, of the U. of British Columbia, helped negotiate the deal.

High-profile scholarly boycotts aren't the only way to get a big publisher's attention. Sometimes all it takes is a tweet.

Not long ago, Heather A. Piwowar, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia, found herself on the phone with six high-level employees of the science-publishing giant Elsevier. Ms. Piwowar studies patterns in the sharing and reuse of research data. (Her Twitter handle is @researchremix.) Her work depends on text mining, using computers to