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Publishers take academic networking site to court

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Science  13 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6360, pp. 161
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6360.161

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  • What should publishers do actions to researchers before they taking ResearchGate to court?

    Publishers need papers from researchers for gaining profit while the researchers would like to publish their papers in top journals through the publishers. The third player like ResearchGate (the world's largest academic social network service provider) provides a free access service to published papers which are granted by researchers although publishers have been profiting by membership fees and/or individually downloaded papers (1,2). More than 13 million researchers have been granting their papers to ResearchGate for public access (2). In order to increase the support from researchers against ResearchGate, publishers should share their profit to the researchers based on downloaded papers like Amazon's kindle author payment. Or, publishers must decrease membership fees of their database access.

    References
    1. Publishers take ResearchGate to court, alleging massive copyright infringement,
    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/publishers-take-researchgate-cour...
    2. Publishers go after networking site for illicit sharing of journal papers,
    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/09/publishers-go-after-networking-si...

    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • Conflicts between resource-riches and resource-shortage
    • Shino Iwami, Project Researcher, University of Jyväskylä

    Dalmeet Singh Chawla reported ResearchGate’s copyright problem (1). In the background, this confrontation is considered to be one of the conflicts between those who do not have research resources and those who have research resources.
    I am using researcher SNSs such as ResearchGate as a place to announce the achievement list. Free web spaces are useful for researchers to publish additional materials apart from the publisher’s databases. In addition, the researcher network gives chances to exchange opinions.
    By the way, in the same trend as the free release of the paper on ResearchGate, I received e-mails that request my full paper from unknown researchers when my paper was published. Although I understand that they are under a difficult environment where research resources are insufficient, I want them to access the original directly because of my easier control.
    Publishers protest under the name of copyright protection, but implicitly they do it to maintain their service and business model. If the life of staffs and the expenses such as server fee, electricity fee, and office fee are not continued, the service will not be sustainable. I experienced some researchers incongruously requested IT experts to work at no fee with self-sacrifice. Although the information appears intangible, it does not hold without physical resources.
    It is also true that there are researchers who are hard-pressed with the increase of publishing and subscription expenses. N...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.