In September 2017, ResearchGate was issued with a request to alter its article sharing system, asking for the implementation of an automated system which would address copyright concerns (we have previously discussed the potential copyright infringement on ResearchGate on this blog.)
After ResearchGate rejected the proposed system, the publishers – ACS, Elsevier, Brill, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer (called the “Coalition for Responsible Sharing”) began issuing mass take-down notices in order to get copyright infringing articles removed from the site. As the coalition does not see this as a permanent solution, two of the coalition – Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) – have taken ResearchGate to court in Germany.
As always, we would encourage authors to upload their work to the Research Repository first, and to check the copyright status and publisher archiving policy before uploading their work anywhere else.
- Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate, Times Higher Education (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/publishers-seek-removal-millions-papers-researchgate)
- Publishers take ResearchGate to court, alleging massive copyright infringement, Science (http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/publishers-take-researchgate-court-alleging-massive-copyright-infringement)
- Coalition for Responsible Sharing (http://www.responsiblesharing.org/)