[Irtalk] Wikipedia under fire for relationship with academic publisher

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Sep 15 14:54:30 SAST 2015

Open-access advocate Michael Eisen — co-founder of the Public Library of
Science (PLOS) and supporter of numerous other ventures — criticized the
deal on Twitter and dubbed it "WikiGate." *His main fear is that those with
access to ScienceDirect's database will add links to its content on
Wikipedia articles.* When general users click one of the links, they'll be
redirected to ScienceDirect's paywall and prompted to either buy a
subscription to the site or pay a one-time access fee — which can run
upwards of 10 pounds ($15 USD).

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