[Irtalk] Fwd: [Open-access] Wiley have been caught incorrectly paywalling & selling thousands of articles

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 19:07:01 SAST 2015


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From: Ross Mounce <ross.mounce at gmail.com>
Date: 26 March 2015 at 18:48
Subject: [Open-access] Wiley have been caught incorrectly paywalling &
selling thousands of articles
To: "open-access at lists.okfn.org" <open-access at lists.okfn.org>, open-science
<open-science at lists.okfn.org>

I didn't think we'd find more examples of 'false paywalling' so easily or
so quickly but here it is:


Wiley recently (legitimately) took control of a society journal called
Limnology and Oceanography from the Association for the Sciences of
Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). The association makes clear in its
guidelines for the journal that all articles are placed into Free Access
after three years:

Yet for at least 2 months and 25 days, Wiley was selling access to articles
from Limnology and Oceanography for $45.60 USD (inc. tax). I know this
because I bought access to an article myself. Volumes 1 (1956) to 41
(1996), consisting of thousands of articles were on sale at Wiley.

I do not know how many people have bought access to one of these affected
articles in this period. Clearly a full investigation is needed. Can we
trust Wiley to self-report how many readers were mistakenly sold access to
these articles?

I put this in the past tense because they have just 'un-paywalled' these
articles in the last 30 minutes or so. I still have my receipt from my
article purchase though, so there is clear evidence that this happened.



Ross Mounce
Fossils, Phylogeny and Macroevolution Research Group
University of Bath, 4 South Building, Lab 1.07

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