GWLA joins COAR's Statement against Elsevier’s sharing policy

Post date: Jun 3, 2015

Organizations around the world denounce Elsevier’s new policy that impedes open access and sharing

On April 30, 2015, Elsevier announced a new sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles. This 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. In addition, the policy has been adopted without any evidence that immediate sharing of articles has a negative impact on publishers subscriptions.

Despite the claim by Elsevier that the policy advances sharing, it actually does the opposite. The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo periods of up to 48 months for some journals. It also requires authors to apply a “non-commercial and no derivative works” license for each article deposited into a repository, greatly inhibiting the re-use value of these articles. Any delay in the open availability of research articles curtails scientific progress and places unnecessary constraints on delivering the benefits of research back to the public.

Furthermore, the policy applies to “all articles previously published and those published in the future” making it even more punitive for both authors and institutions. This may also lead to articles that are currently available being suddenly embargoed and inaccessible to readers.

As organizations committed to the principle that access to information advances discovery, accelerates innovation and improves education, we support the adoption of policies and practices that enable the immediate, barrier free access to and reuse of scholarly articles. This policy is in direct conflict with the global trend towards open access and serves only to dilute the benefits of openly sharing research results.

We strongly urge Elsevier to reconsider this policy and we encourage other organizations and individuals to express their opinions.

Organisational Signatories (updated every weekday here)

  1. COAR: Confederation of Open Access Repositories
  2. SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
  3. ACRL: Association of College and Research Libraries
  4. ALA: American Library Association
  5. ARL: Association of Research Libraries
  6. ASERL: Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
  7. AOASG: Australian Open Access Support Group
  8. IBICT: Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology
  9. CARL: Canadian Association of Research Libraries
  10. CLACSO: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales
  11. COAPI: Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions
  12. Creative Commons
  13. Creative Commons, USA
  14. Creative Commons, Australia
  15. EIFL: Electronic Information for Libraries
  16. EFF: Electronic Frontier Foundation
  17. GWLA: Greater Western Library Alliance
  18. LIBER: European Research Library Association
  19. National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  20. OpenAIRE
  21. Open Data Hong Kong
  22. RLUK: Research Libraries UK
  23. SANLiC: South African National Licensing Consortium
  24. University of St Andrews Library
  25. ANKOS OAIRWG: Anatolian University libraries Consortium. OAIR working Group
  26. University West, Sweden
  27. DLF: Digital Library Federation, USA
  28. ELibUkr, Ukraine
  29. Open Access Network, USA
  30. AusGOAL: Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing Programme
  31., Mexico
  32. National Research Foundation of South Africa
  33. Open Book Publishers, United Kingdom
  34. Escola Superior de Educação de Paula Frassinetti, Portugal
  35. Library of the Hospital Prof. Dr. Fernando Fonseca, EPE, Lisbon, Portugal
  36. SLA: Special Libraries Association
  37. OhioLINK, Columbus, USA
  38. Library of the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  39. DOAJ
  40. dbv: German Library Association, Germany
  41. SCONUL: Society of College, National and University Libraries, UK
  42. bepress, Berkeley, USA
  43. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia University, USA
  44. SPARC Europe
  45. Paperity, Warsaw, Poland
  46. University of Technology Sydney Library, Australia
  47. CAUL: Council of Australian University Librarians
  48. European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)
  49. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, London, UK
  50. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
  51. Institutional Repositories Promotion Committee, Japan
  52. University of California Libraries, USA
    1. UC Berkeley Library
    2. UC Davis Library
    3. UC Irvine Libraries
    4. UCLA Library
    5. UC Merced Library
    6. UC Riverside Library
    7. UC San Diego Library
    8. UC San Francisco Library
    9. UC Santa Barbara Library
    10. UC Santa Cruz Library
    11. California Digital Library
  53. medica spa @ cnr, Bologna, Italy
  54. UNIPA – Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
  55. Biblioteca scuola politecnica-sede architettura Università di Genova, Italy
  56. Cadernos Saúde Coletiva, Spain
  57. Sardegna Ricerche, Italy
  58. Biblioteca di Scienze geo-ambientali e planetarie, Italy
  59. SUNYLA: State University of New York Librarians Association, USA
  60. Canadian Library Association
  61. Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  62. DPLA: Digital Public Library of America
  63. UFRJ: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  64. Orbis Cascade Alliance
  65. Open Access India
  66. ICSI: Information and Communication Society of India
  67. SALIS: Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science, India
  68. Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva, Brasil
  69. FCT: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
  70. BAD – Portuguese Association of Librarians Archivists and Documentalists
  71. USAIN: United States Agricultural Information Network
  72. ENEA: Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development
  73. EUI: European University Institute Library
  74. Policy Online, Australia
  75. University of Liège, Belgium
  76. Universita’ di Camerino, Biblioteca di Scienze, Italy
  77. ANKOS:Anatolian University Libraries Consortium, Turkey
  78. Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey
  79. University of Pretoria Library Services, South Africa
  80. CSIR: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
  81. University College Cork, Ireland
  82. Oberlin Group of LIbraries, USA
  83. Cyprus University of Technology
  84. Washington University in St. Louis Libraries
  85. LIASA: Library and Information Association of South Africa
  86. CONUL: Consortium of National & University Libraries, Ireland
  87. Strathmore University Library, Kenya
  88. COUPERIN.ORG, France
  89. Pamukkale University Library Department, Turkey
  90. Bitlis Eren Üniversitesi, Turkey
  91. Karabuk University Library, Turkey
  92. Mevlana University, Turkey
  93. Adnan Menderes University, Turkey
  94. Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
  95. KCA University Library, Kenya
  96. Library Association of Rijeka, Croatia
  97. Iowa State University Library, USA
  99. University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, USA
  100. LITA: Library & Information Technology Association
  101. The Library of the University of Latvia
  102. Inonu University, Turkey
  103. CHELSA : Committee for higher education librarians of South Africa
  104. TRLN: Triangle Research Libraries Network, USA
  105. Florida State University Libraries, USA
  106. Dept. of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  107. Library and Information Studies Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  108. Coimbra University Press, Portugal
  109. SWALA: Swaziland Library & Information Association, Swaziland
  110. TUBITAK ULAKBIM: Turkish Academic Network and Information Center
  111. UCT Libraries, South Africa
  112. Virginia Tech Libraries, USA
  113. George Washington University Libraries
  114. Metropolitan College of New York Library, USA
  115. Portal de Periódicos Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
  116. Digital Repository Federation, Japan
  117. Bibliothèque de recherche Mathématiques et Informatique de L’Université de Bordeaux, France