Elsevier criticized for new sharing and hosting policy for journal articles

May 22, 2015

Publishing firm Elsevier has come under fire recently for a sharing and hosting policy it adopted last month. Elsevier says that its new policy makes sharing "simple and seamless" while "being consistent with access and usage rights associated with journal articles." However, on Wednesday, 23 open-access advocacy groups from Canada, Australia, Brazil, China, the UK, and the US issued a joint statement saying that the policy "represents a significant obstacle to the dissemination and use of research knowledge, and creates unnecessary barriers for Elsevier-published authors in complying with funders' open-access policies." The organizations cite a 48-month embargo period for some journals and say that licensing requirements inhibit the re-use value of articles. Inside Higher Ed | Elsevier Blog | Joint Statement