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What does “Free” mean here?

I’ve tried to access a publication outside the Cambridge university domain (i.e. pretending I am a Scholarly Poor. Here’s the screenshot

In case you can’t read it, the text includes:

Options for accessing this content:

  • If you have access to this content through a society membership, please first log in to your society website.
  • If you would like institutional access to this content, please recommend the title to your librarian.
  • Login via Athens or other institutional login options .
  • You can purchase online access to this Article for a 24-hour period (price varies by title)
    • If you already have a Wiley Online Library or Wiley InterScience user account: login above and proceed to purchase the article.
    • New Users: Please register, then proceed to purchase the article.

Now there is a little Open padlock at the top right called “Free” and the mouseover says:

“You have Full Text Access to this Online Article”

And yet I don’t.

Do other people get the same?

So Wiley is telling me I have “free” access where “free” seems to indicate I have to pay.

No idea what is going on. My predictions:

  • The padlock is a mistake
  • The text is actually free but Wiley routes me through a paywall by “mistake”

Let’s see if they even notice this blog. BTW Wiley was the publisher who sent a legal letter to graduate student Shelley Batts for publishing ONE graph without permission.

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