COAR Responds to Comments By Elsevier About Publisher’s Updated Sharing Policy
The “discussion” continues today with a new post on the COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) web site.
Eight days ago COAR along a number of library organization (incl. ARL, ACRL, ALA, and CARL) and individuals signed a statement asking Elsevier to reconsider their recently updated sharing policy.
COAR now reports that more than 700 organizations and individuals have now signed the statement.
A few days later, Elsevier’s Director of Access and Policy Alicia Wise responded to the letter in a post titled “COAR-recting the record.”
Our post includes links to post the COAR statement, the response, and some additional material.
Earlier today COAR has posted a response to what Wise had to say in a post titled, “Re COAR-recting the record”.
It includes the following:
In response to this comments, COAR and SPARC have prepared some specific recommendations for Elsevier in terms of how they can improve their policy. These have been posted also on the webpage and are copied below.
The 630 word post includes these suggestions:
Elsevier has indicated that they “are always happy to have a dialogue to discuss these, or any other, issues further.” We would like to offer the following concrete recommendations to Elsevier to improve their policy:
- Elsevier should allow all authors to make their “author’s accepted manuscript” openly available immediately upon acceptance through an OA repository or other open access platform.
- Elsevier should allow authors to choose the type of open license (from CC-BY to other more restrictive licenses like the CC-BY-NC-ND) they want to attach to the content that they are depositing into an open access platform.
- Elsevier should not attempt to dictate author’s practices around individual sharing of articles. Individual sharing of journal articles is already a scholarly norm and is protected by fair use and other copyright exceptions. Elsevier cannot, and should not, dictate practices around individual sharing of articles
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.