[Irtalk] Fwd: Organizations Around the World Denounce Elsevier’s New Policy That Impedes Open Access and Sharing

Leti Kleyn Leti.Kleyn at up.ac.za
Tue May 26 08:55:05 SAST 2015

Dear IR members,

Could anyone indicate if they will be adhering to this new policy by
CLOSING materials already in the institutional repository to align with
the statement that indicate that it also apllies to past articles?


Dr Leti Kleyn
Manager: Open Scholarship Programme
Merensky Library II
University of Pretoria
leti.kleyn at up.ac.za
012 420 3876
082 347 9982

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> Organizations Around the World Denounce Elsevier’s New Policy That
Impedes Open Access and Sharing
> by Prue Adler | 202-296-2296 | prue at arl.org | on May 20, 2015
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> On April 30, 2015, Elsevier announced a new sharing and hosting policy
for Elsevier journal articles. This policy represents a significant
obstacle to the dissemination and use of research knowledge, and creates
unnecessary barriers for Elsevier published authors in complying with
funders’ open access policies. In addition, the policy has been adopted
without any evidence that immediate sharing of articles has a negative
impact on publishers subscriptions.
> Despite the claim by Elsevier that the policy advances sharing, it
actually does the opposite. The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo
periods of up to 48 months for some journals. It also requires authors
to apply a “non-commercial and no derivative works” license for each
article deposited into a repository, greatly inhibiting the re-use value
of these articles. Any delay in the open availability of research
articles curtails scientific progress and places unnecessary constraints
on delivering the benefits of research back to the public.
> Furthermore, the policy applies to “all articles previously published
and those published in the future” making it even more punitive for both
authors and institutions. This may also lead to articles that are
currently available being suddenly embargoed and inaccessible to
> As organizations committed to the principle that access to information
advances discovery, accelerates innovation and improves education, we
support the adoption of policies and practices that enable the
immediate, barrier free access to and reuse of scholarly articles. This
policy is in direct conflict with the global trend towards open access
and serves only to dilute the benefits of openly sharing research
> We strongly urge Elsevier to reconsider this policy and we encourage
other organizations and individuals to express their opinions.
> Signatories
> COAR: Confederation of Open Access Repositories
> SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, USA
> ACRL: Association of College and Research Libraries, USA
> ALA: American Library Association, USA
> ARL: Association of Research Libraries, USA
> ASERL: Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, USA
> AOASG: Australian Open Access Support Group, Australia
> IBICT: Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology,
> CARL: Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Canada
> CLACSO: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, Argentina
> COAPI: Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, USA
> Creative Commons
> Creative Commons, USA
> EIFL: Electronic Information for Libraries, Netherlands
> EFF: Electronic Frontier Foundation, USA
> GWLA: Greater Western Library Alliance, USA
> LIBER: European Research Library Association, Belgium
> National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
> OpenAIRE
> Open Data Hong Kong
> RLUK: Research Libraries UK
> SANLiC: South African National Licensing Consortium
> University of St Andrews Library, UK
> Sign on to the statement against Elsevier’s sharing policy.
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