The Empire acquires the rebel alliance: Mendeley users revolt against Elsevier takeover

Matthew Ingram, Academica Forum, Apr 10, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Continuing from this item covered yesterday, it appears (unsurprisingly) that Mendeley users are not happy with Elsevier's acquisition of the company. Some of the most stinging comments:

  • "Mendeley cannot fix Elsevier's reputation. Elsevier published fake journals, backed SOPA, used bundles to screw scholars/libraries. Too evil." - danah boyd
  • "The thought of trusting @Elsevier with detailed info about my reading habits is, well, repulsive. Sorry, @mrgunn, but I'm out." - David Weinberger
  • "Within a year your company will be effectively dismantled and anyone left over who actually cares about open access can start over from scratch." - commenter on Hacker News

There's more, oh so much more. Former Mendeley users have reignited the #mendelete hashtag. See also: Guardian coverage from today (mostly defending Elsevier), Jason B Colditz (mendeletee), guide to moving your Mendeley account (from January, when takeover rumours first surfaced), user protest on the rumours (so it's not like there was no warning), bypassing the Mendelay login and hoping for open source (but still checking out Zotero), Sylvain Deville (indecision, taking a wait & see attitude)

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