[IRTalk] Elsevier’s New Patent for Online Peer Review Throws a Scare Into Open-Source Advocates - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 13:14:29 SAST 2016

Patents on software can be controversial. And often, so is the company
Elsevier, the giant journal publisher. So when word hit the internet
starting on Tuesday night that Elsevier had just been awarded a patent for
an "online peer-review system and method," reaction from people aligned
with the publishing and open-source worlds came swiftly on Twitter and in
other online venues, much of it reflecting suspicion about the company’s

"Elsevier reveals its final form: Patent trolling to destroy scientific
peer review," said one tweet.

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