In a previous post I asked Did I write this paper??? because I had come across something like this:
(click to enlarge). Take a long hard look and tell me what is the journal, and who is the publisher. Note also that it costs 30 USD to look at it.
Now I (and others) wrote that paper. When we submitted it I was proud to publish it with the Royal Society fo Chemistry. I cite it as:
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2004, 2, 3067 – 3070, DOI: 10.1039/B411699M
Experimental data checker: better information for organic chemists
S. E. Adams, J. M. Goodman, R. J. Kidd, A. D. McNaught, P. Murray-Rust, F. R. Norton, J. A. Townsend and C. A. Waudby
and you can still find it posted at:
However when I visit the RSC page – on the RSC site – at:
Since this is on the RSC’s own site and it says it’s not an RSC journal article it’s clearly deliberate, not a mistake. The RSC seems to have transferred the rights of the paper to Wiley, who are reselling it under the name Cheminform. Or maybe both are selling it. Or maybe the RSC don’t know what Wiley are doing. (The best I can see is that Wiley appear to be passing off my/our paper under their name. As far as I can see they are only selling the abstract and even then it;s the wrong one – but maybe they are also selling the full text if they were competent to get the web site right. And they are asking 30 USD.)
I care very deeply about this. I used to be proud to publish in the journals of the Chemical Society (now the RSC). Can I still be proud? they have disowned my article as not one of theirs. Someone reading the Wiley page would naturally assume that I had published in a Wiley Journal and not with the RSC. We’ve worked closely with the RSC – many of the ideas for Project Prospect came from our group.
A major justification for Transfer of Copyright to publishers, whether or not you believe it, is that it allows the publisher to defend the integrity of the work against copyright infringement by others. I contend that what I have depicted here is a gross violation of someone’s copyright. Probably not mine since I gave it away.
Cockup or conspiracy – I don’t know. But I certainly feel my rights have been violated.