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Pluto System- NH Scientific Results
post Yesterday, 10:56 AM
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WOW ! It's seems that it is a HUGE issue filled with 26 Pluto-Charon (& small satellites) articles ! smile.gif

Here is its summary :
Attached File  Icarus___Vol_287__Pgs_1_334___1_May_2017____ScienceDirect.pdf ( 334.81K ) Number of downloads: 89

But, at a cost of USD 35.95 per article, it makes a global budget of USD 934.00 I really can't afford mad.gif
At least, there is one interesting article offered for free : its about the tectonics of Charon. See link here below :

Enjoy smile.gif
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post Yesterday, 09:26 PM
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Forgive my ignorance on the subject but, who profits from the asking price to view these papers?

I was under the impression that as NASA is a taxpayer funded agency then all of its scientific/technological discoveries/advancements, also belonged to the taxpayer.

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post Yesterday, 10:59 PM
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Yes, but journals are published by companies or scientific groups (e.g Elsevier, American Association for the Advancement of Science etc.), who have to pay the bills and/or make a profit. There is increasing pressure to publish in open-access journals now.

Also - NASA's data may be free but the scientists who use it for research are not necessarily NASA employees. When they are NASA or other US Government employees, that work is usually openly available.


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post Yesterday, 11:16 PM
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If you happen to be within visiting distance of a university library, you should be able to do it the old way: view or copy/scan the articles there.
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It's sometimes possible to obtain a preprint of an article in an expensive publication. I just tried a search on arxiv.org (a preprint server) with "pluto" in the title field and was rewarded with preprints of some (not all) of the articles from the recent special Pluto issue of Icarus. For example, Umurhana, et al., "Modeling glacial flow on and onto Pluto’s Sputnik Planitia."

The Icarus authors' guidelines states:
You can always post your preprint on a preprint server. Additionally, for ArXiv and RePEC you can also immediately update this version with your accepted manuscript.

Although I've never tried it, I've read that a polite email to the author of a published paper requesting posting of a preprint will frequently be successful. In the case of multi-author articles, I don't know whether such requests can be directed to any of the authors or if it's etiquette to restrict them to the first listed author. Like any customary courtesy, it would probably break down if overused.
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