Magazine article Times Higher Education

Blogger Set on Smoothing Road to Open Access

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Blogger Set on Smoothing Road to Open Access

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An academic is asking researchers and librarians to send him more examples of cases where open access article fees have been paid to the publisher Elsevier but the article in question remains behind a paywall.

The call has been made by Peter Murray-Rust, reader in molecular informatics at the University of Cambridge, after Elsevier admitted it had charged some people to reuse articles published with open licences.

On its Elsevier Connect website, the world's largest publisher of science, technology, engineering and mathematics journals admits that it has erroneously charged 50 people a total of about $4,000 (£2,400) to reuse content published using licences permitting free reuse.

It pledges to refund the people concerned since it has "never been our intention to charge for material or rights that should be free".

It says it has been working since last summer to fix technical glitches that have arisen since last year's rise in demand for open access after the implementation of Research Councils UK's open access mandate. It admits that inconsistencies remain between the copyright statements on articles and their open access licensing terms, but it expects the problems to be resolved by the summer. …

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