Monday, February 27, 2012

Elsevier Withdraws Support for the Research Works Act

In today's press release Elsevier announced that it is withdrawing support for the Research Work Act. [It should be pointed out that Elsevier is a Green publisher (according to SHERPA-RoMEO's rubrics). That is, Elsevier permits authors to deposit their pre-prints (i.e. pre-refereeing) as well as their post-prints (i.e. final draft post-refereeing). However, authors may not deposit the publisher's version/PDF.]

Press Release Extracts:
. . . .While we continue to oppose government mandates in this area, Elsevier is withdrawing support for the Research Work Act itself. We hope this will address some of the concerns expressed and help create a less heated and more productive climate for our ongoing discussions with research funders. . . . .

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