[Oa-italia] Fwd: COAR call for action - Open letter to Elsevier

Maria Cassella maria.cassella a unito.it
Mar 7 Feb 2012 08:52:34 CET


COAR sostiene la protesta contro Elsevier.
buona gironata
mc


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From: bschmidt a sub.uni-goettingen.de
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2012 19:50:59 -0500


- Apologies for cross-posting -

“With this letter”, says Norbert Lossau, Chair of COAR Executive
Board, “The Confederation of Open Access Repositories is joining in
the growing protest against Elsevier’s practices opposing open access.
We strongly believe that open access will greatly improve the impact
and use of scholarly publications, and maximize our collective global
investment in research.”

February 6, 2012

Maximizing the visibility of research outputs: COAR call for action

Open letter to Youngsuk (Y.S.) Chi - Chairman, Elsevier Management
Committee and Head of Global Academic&  Customer Relations

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) joins the
research community in condemning Elsevier for its recent business
practices and lobbying that undermine policies and activities
promoting open access to scholarly literature. While many commercial
publishers are working to adapt their business models to rising
demands for open access, Elsevier has systematically acted to counter
progress being made in the scholarly community towards this end.

One easy way of achieving open access is through the deposit of
articles into online open access repositories. COAR strongly opposes
the changes made by Elsevier to its article posting policies. These
policies prohibit authors affiliated with institutions or agencies
that have open access mandates to deposit copies of their articles
into an open access repository unless their institution signs a very
restrictive agreement with Elsevier. Despite their public commitment
to “universal access”, Elsevier’s policies are greatly limiting access
to scholarly literature.

These policies are in direct conflict with the objectives of COAR’s
members and partners as well as the broader scholarly community, which
aim to maximize access to and use of research literature. Therefore,
COAR is discouraging its members and others from entering into
agreements with Elsevier or other publishers that undermine open
access mandates and intervene with already established and emerging
author practices of article deposit.

COAR urges Elsevier to reconsider its prohibitive approach to open
access and revise its policies to allow the deposit of research
articles with minimum delay. We encourage publishers to work closely
with the library and repository communities to develop effective and
sustainable methods for article deposit that serve the needs of
researchers, their institutions, and society as a whole. In addition,
COAR welcomes like-minded organizations – such as licensing agencies,
library consortia, etc. – to join us in developing and adopting best
practice for policies and procedures regarding article deposit into
open access repositories.

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories is a not-for-profit
association of repository initiatives that aims to enhance visibility
and application of research outputs through global networks of Open
Access digital repositories. COAR represents over 80 institutions from
24 countries from throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, and North
America.

Norbert Lossau, Chair of the Executive Board, Confederation of Open
Access Repositories

Further information
http://www.coar-repositories.org/
http://www.coar-repositories.org/news/coar-writes-open-letter-as-reaction-to-elseviers-practices/

Dr. Birgit Schmidt
Scientific Manager
Goettingen State and University Library
- Electronic Publishing -
D-37073 Goettingen
bschmidt a sub.uni-goettingen.de


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