29 May 2015
The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) has signed the Statement against Elsevier’s sharing policy issued by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and in so doing has added its voice to the outcry against the Elsevier sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles, announced on 30 April 2015. The statement that includes the organizational and personal signatories is found here.
While Elsevier’s director of access and policy, Alicia Wise describes the policy as “more liberal in supporting the dissemination and use of research” cutting across publishing, institutional repositories and the social media platform, respondents including LIASA are of the opposite view of the impact of the policy especially given Elsevier’s the retrospective and futurist scope of the policy: “all articles previously published and those published in the future.” Embargoes on articles in institutional repositories could extend up to 48 months compromising the free flow of information and impacting on research processes and dampening Open Sharing collaborations. Those opposing the policy interpret Elsevier’s policy as an attack on Open Access and on institutional repositories. LIASA is committed to the Open Access movement having actioned this through signing the Berlin Declaration, participating in the annual Open Access week and now, the Statement opposing Elsevier’s latest policy.
LIASA rejects the Elsevier’s sharing and hosting policy and joins calls to the vendor to engage in constructive discussions on this matter with all affected role-players.
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