I have had an excellent response from Alethea to my stories of publishers putting up toll or permission barriers to OA articles:
PMR: So here we have the beginnings of a simple, effective, legal mass movement. Keep your eyes out for any organization (profit or not) who:
- puts toll barriers in front of OR beside an OA article
- puts permission rights in front of OR besides an OA article.
- document any breaches and get som idea whether it is systematic.
- expose it.
The issue is now clear. Enough publishers read this blog to realise this is an issue. They can no longer say “oh dear, we didn’t realise”. They have to take this more seriously than they do at the moment.
And, of course, if you find anyone like Ingenta who remove the author’s copyright and substitute their own trumpet that to the world. If Ingenta are doing this for OUP OA material I wouldn’t mind wagering they are doing it for many others. Nice source of income.