April 8, 2018 – Update on ResearchGate’s copyright compliance status and progress towards a viable long-term solution for hosting and distributing articles on its site,… Read More »Coalition for Responsible Sharing: Status Report on ResearchGate
Future Science Group and IWA Publishing today joined the Coalition for Responsible Sharing. This follows December’s announcement that the American Medical Association, the American Physiological Society, Portland Press (wholly-owned by the Biochemical Society) and World Scientific Publishing have joined the Coalition. It takes the total number of Coalition members to 11.
The American Medical Association, the American Physiological Society, Portland Press (wholly-owned by the Biochemical Society), and World Scientific Publishing have today joined the Coalition for Responsible Sharing. Along with the existing members of the Coalition, the new members will be issuing takedown notices to ResearchGate to stop the website’s practice of illicitly distributing final research articles published by societies and publishers for its own commercial purposes.
Coalition for Responsible Sharing issues take down notices to ResearchGate to address remaining violations
Members of the Coalition for Responsible Sharing have begun issuing takedown notices to ResearchGate to address the remaining published articles it distributes via its site in contravention of agreements between publishers and authors. The Coalition welcomes the recent changes ResearchGate made to its platform, removing from public view a large and significant number of final published articles on its site. However, not all violations have been addressed and ResearchGate will need to take additional steps to cease unauthorized distribution of research articles. ResearchGate rejected numerous proposals for amicable solutions, including signing up to the Voluntary Principles of Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks and implementing a user-friendly technical solution, but we remain hopeful that a constructive dialogue is possible.
The Coalition for Responsible Sharing has noticed that scholarly collaboration network ResearchGate has removed from public view a significant number of copyrighted articles it is hosting on its site. ResearchGate has not shared any information with the Coalition about this change. Nevertheless, we welcome this if it is a first step towards operating ResearchGate’s service in copyright-compliance. At this point, not all violations have been addressed and ResearchGate will need to take additional steps to cease unauthorized distribution of research articles.