Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Elsevier threat to Open Access

It has been reported that Elsevier has been approaching university v-cs about taking repositories out of universities' hands. Publishers are feeling threatened by the researcher-led open access movement that supports full text access to publications via institutional repositories.

Most UK universities, such as Bournemouth University operate open-access repositories e.g. BURO, where researchers can voluntarily deposit final drafts of their pay-to-access journal publications online. Increasing numbers are also making deposition mandatory.

A repository operated by a journal publisher could set access conditions that undermine the needs of researchers and make it hard to search the data.

Stevan Harnad, a professor at the University of Southampton who champions institutional repositories via his Open Access Evangelism blog, suggests that this could give repository access only to an unsatisfactory version of a document.

>> Read Zoe Corbyn's story in the THE

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