May 26, 2022

ACS and Elsevier Support Solution Proposed to ResearchGate by International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM)

From American Chemical Society (ACS):

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society supports the constructive and user-friendly solution that the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) has proposed today to ResearchGate, a venture capital-funded commercial sharing website. STM’s offer was sent to ResearchGate on behalf of its member publishers.

The proposed approach would enable ResearchGate to operate its scholarly collaboration network service in compliance with copyright laws, and in a manner consistent with whatever access and usage rights have been agreed upon between authors and the scientific journals in which they have published. At the same time, the proposed solution would enable authors to share their published research with interested colleagues in a seamless way.

From Elsevier:

Elsevier supports a constructive and user-friendly solution the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) has suggested to ResearchGate, enabling the scholarly collaboration network to operate its service consistent with the access and usage rights agreed between authors and the scientific journals in which they publish. At the same time, this solution continues to allow users to showcase their work in a seamless way.

Proposal Letter

The fulltext letter from STM to ReserchGate is available from both ACS and Elsevier.


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