I mentioned the beginning of this story last month. It is still unclear whether this talk and action around “responsible sharing” will decrease the use and value of “scholarly collaboration networks” SCNs, such as, Mendeley, ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Here is a sampling of posts in October:
- Springer Nature plans ‘co-operation’ with ResearchGate
- Take down requests for © American Anthropological Association articles on ResearchGate and Academia.edu and for © American Chemical Society articles on ResearchGate were sent to many authors.
- ResearchGate: Publishers Take Formal Steps to Force Copyright Compliance [Scholarly Kitchen]
- Coalition for Responsible Sharing: ResearchGate Removed Significant Number of Copyrighted Articles
- Guest Post — Does ResearchGate Emerge Unscathed, or Even Strengthened? [by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe on Scholarly Kitchen] Her earlier post was I Have a Lot of Questions: RG, ELS, SN, STM, and CRS
- Changes in ResearchGate Terms of Service documented on twitter. The new Terms of Service has 11 paragraphs of “user obligations” including a 17-point list of prohibitions.
- Scholarly communication issues around scholarly collaboration networks [Elsevier Library Connect newsletter]
- Sharing and Profits, by Barbara Fister on Inside Higher Education
- I thought this was an interesting twist and a reason to consider using Washington University’s Open Scholarship instead of SCN’s: ResearchGate is Hiding Open Access Articles, by Jere Odell
Faculty can usually post versions of their publications in Open Scholarship; contact your Subject Librarian for more information. It is a good idea to save your copyright transfer agreements when you publish so that you know what sharing rights you have. If you did not save them, SHERPA RoMEO is a useful site to check for current information.