Royally late, but I’ve caused a bit of a stir around noted science parasites Elsevier. I kept getting irrelevant “newsletters” (aka spam) from Elsevier’s journals, and did a subject access request under my GDPR rights to find out what they know about me. It went smoothly, but the result wasn’t pretty. Then I tweeted about the experience, which quickly went up to almost 100,000 impressions. Impressive!
I then teamed up with Eiko Fried – who did the same request, as many others did – to write a piece about this. Read about it in “Welcome to Hotel Elsevier – you can check out any time you like… NOT” here.
This then resulted in a Road to Open Science podcast with Eiko and myself. Listen to that on Soundcloud here, on Spotify here or Apple podcasts here.
The terrible Hotel California reference was my idea, and I apologise for mentioning one of the most boring songs ever made.