Elsevier is changing

My first post on open access has to do with the Elsevier journals. They are (in)famously known for their extremely high restrictiveness. However, I believe that they are changing. In mid December 2014, I was informed that Elsevier was providing 30 (that’s right, 30*) accounts for wikipedians for ScienceDirect journals. These were divided into 10 for Health and Life Sciences, 10 for Social and Behavioral Sciences, and 10 for Physical Sciences. I placed my request as number 39, but luckily for me, I was around the eighth requesting Physical Sciences access. I got a spot, and soon will get my access to Elsevier! This shows that Elsevier is becoming less restrictive, as they are providing accounts without making people pay! This is a major development for them, and I hope this trend continues with more free access, and more restrictive publishers following Elsevier’s lead.

* Note: When Elsevier allowed 30 accounts, JSTOR allowed 500 (one of which I got), so even though this is a major improvement, there is still a lot of room for improvement.


About ijreid

I am an amateur palaeontologist thats hobbies include studying extinct amniotes, specifically dinosaurs, birds, and mammals. Occasionally, I focus my time on detailed and accurate illustrations of dinosaurs, and I have completed drawings of Dysalotosaurus, Micropachycephalosaurus, Zhuchengtyrannus, Troodon, Eotyrannus, Europelta, and Achillobator. I do not believe in copyrights, and think that the world would be better if everything was open access.
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2 Responses to Elsevier is changing

  1. Do not be overenthusiastic. Free access for selected people is not necessarily a step towards universal free access. Rather, it might be a way to boost citations of Elsevier articles on blogs and Wikipedia, thereby sending more readers towards Elsevier’s paywalls.

    In principle, a scientist or blogger who is really committed to open access should only cite openly accessible articles. While this is not always possible in practice, one should still think carefully before citing material which is not openly accessible.

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    • ijreid says:

      Hmm, good point. Counterpoint, as long we who get free access do not “Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties; Mass scrape or mass download content on ScienceDirect; Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose; Mine data or content without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles; Display any copyrighted images or pictures which are in Elsevier works without permission of Elsevier; or Use the access provided for any commercial purpose” we can do nearly whatever we want, which includes emailing people like you with pdf’s of the articles, for your individual viewing only. Basically, if we’re not making money off what were doing with them, we can do it.

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