Elsevier Upping the Ante in its Opposition to Academics

Alan Wexelblat, Dec 07, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I haven't been impressed by the way Academia has been gathering copies of my papers from wherever and posting them on its own website; people looking for my work are now increasingly likely to find it on Academia, despite the fact that it's a commercial website. Eventually it will lock down the papers or plaster them with ads; it already requires that you log in before you can download papers (Rory McGreal says this never happens and that I can't produce any examples, but here you go). At any rate, Elsevier has started sending takedown notices to them. I don't care who wins this battle. Academics should post their own work on their own site, or at the very least, in an institutional repository.

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