Not Enough: Elsevier's Sharing Policy not as Open as it seems

COAR Logo final JPG 800pxThe Confederation of Open Access Repositories, COAR, recently spear-headed a gathering of signatories to denounce the new Article Sharing Policy of Elsevier. The full statement can be found here. There are already over 200 signatories after one day! 


The two elements of particular concern are long embargo periods of upto 48 months and the adding of restrictive licenses. Authors are now not able to self-archive immediately in local repositories, which is a set-back for the green Open Access movement. The use of CC-BY NC ND also hinders full re-use of articles 


COAR welcomes new signatories to this statement!

The statement has been signed by the following groups:

  • COAR: Confederation of Open Access Repositories
  • SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
  • ACRL: Association of College and Research Libraries
  • ALA: American Library Association
  • ARL: Association of Research Libraries
  • Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
  • Australian Open Access Support Group
  • IBICT: Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology
  • CARL: Canadian Association of Research Libraries
  • CLACSO: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales
  • COAPI: Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions
  • Creative Commons
  • Creative Commons (USA)
  • EIFL
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Greater Western Library Alliance
  • LIBER: European Research Library Association
  • National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • OpenAIRE
  • Open Data Hong Kong
  • Research Libraries UK
  • SANLiC: South African National Licensing Consortium
  • University of St Andrews Library

Katharina Müller (COAR)


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