[Irtalk] Wikipedia under fire for relationship with academic publisher

Allison Fullard afullard at uwc.ac.za
Tue Sep 15 15:51:33 SAST 2015

Can't remember how I came across this - maybe from Hilton -  here's a one pager that describes how PLOS is contributing educational topic pages from its journal to wikipedia.  This accomplishes two things:  greater visibility for authors AND improving quality of wikipedia as source.


That's how alliances with Wikipedia should work.


>>> Hilton Gibson <hilton.gibson at gmail.com> 2015/09/15 02:54 PM >>>

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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