My contract is coming up for review, so I’m updating my CV. This includes looking up papers and abstract I’m on and getting the references. So I go to a major university–based publishing house’s website to check one of these references- an abstract that I’m last author on, and never actually got a copy of. Since I’m at home (it is Sunday night here), I obviously don’t have journal access, but that’s OK. All I need is the reference. So I click the “save citation” button, and guess what happens. Do I get the correct reference, in a handy format? As if. Instead I get directed to the login page. I don’t want the article, I don’t want the abstract, all I want is the frigging reference, but those tight-fisted English wankers won’t even give that out without the coin of the realm. I ended up cutting and pasting the author list, title, and reference text from the index page separately. Hopefully that is all the info I need (it looks complete), so I have what I need to know, but still. Asking for $$ (or pounds, or blood) just to get the citation information all in one piece is beyond stingy; it makes Mr. Scrooge look like a philanthropist.