ResearchGate is a Scholarly Collaboration Network (SCN) that illicitly hosts, distributes and modifies scholarly articles. It distributes final, published articles in contravention of agreements between journals and authors, collects articles in an unauthorized way and makes them freely available via its site, and where corrections or retractions are issued, it fails to update articles accordingly on its site, undermining research integrity.
Following numerous unsuccessful attempts to agree on an amicable solution with ResearchGate, an alliance of information analytics businesses, publishers and learned societies was left with no other choice but to resort to formal means to stop ResearchGate’s damaging practices.
Members of the Coalition for Responsible Sharing include: the American Chemical Society, the American Medical Association, the American Physiological Society, Atlantis Press, BMJ, Brill, Elsevier, Future Science Group, IEEE, IWA Publishing, Oxford University Press, Portland Press (wholly-owned by the Biochemical Society), Wiley, Wolters Kluwer, and World Scientific Publishing. All 15 members of the Coalition have issued takedown notices to ResearchGate on a regular basis since joining the Coalition.
Concurrently, the American Chemical Society and Elsevier have asked the courts to address ResearchGate’s copyright liability under US and German law.