Springergate: rebadging and reselling Wiley content

I am randomly browsing through SpringerImages (springerimages.com) which offer images for sale for commercial purposes. I have no idea what is in there (and some of it is VERY badly indexed – images which relate to “in the same article” – but the article is never given).

But here’s one. I reproduce it as I have no idea who owns it. My emphasis is in large bold.

For non-chemists “Angewandte Chemie” is a high-profile journal published by Wiley.


A major toll-access commercial publisher. A publisher who sent their lawyers after graduate student Shelley Batts published one graph from their journal. Even though Shelley was making a valid scientific point Wiley threatened to sue her. (They said it was a mistake, but they have never put in place anything to say it’s fair use or to stop it happening again.)

So here is Springer apparently, allegedly, rebadging “Wiley” content and reselling it. The article is http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.200800073/pdf. It is toll-access and I have verified the image is inside it, that there is no Open Access or licence that permits re-use and that YOU would have to pay.

Well this is one of those ganster films where the innocent victim manages to get to rival gangs fighting it out. I’ll be interested.

  1. Will Wiley demand legal redress?
  2. Will Wiley and Springer unite and cover up?
  3. Or will one of them bottle it?

All this shows the total rottenness in toll-access commercial scholarly publication. Try to grab as much content as possible and resell it.



Fig 4 

TEM images of (a) the 3 nm polyhedral (b) the 5 nm truncated cubic, and (c) the 7 nm cubic Pt Nanoparticles. The insets are the representative HRTEM images of corresponding single particles, showing (a) Pt (111), (b) Pt (100), and (c) Pt (100) lattice fringes. All scale bars in the insets correspond to 1 nm. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Wang et al. [17] Angewandte Chemie-International

Extracts from the Article What’s this?

Polyhedral (3 nm), truncated cubic (5 nm), and cubic (7 nm) Pt nanoparticles were prepared, with dominating lattice fringes of Pt (111), Pt (100), and Pt (100) respectively, as shown in the TEM images in Fig. 4.

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Other Images from this Article

SEM images of: (a) nanoporous Pt surface; and (b) typical nanoporous Pt-Ru electrode. Magnification: 5000×. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Koczkur et al. [23]

TEM images of Pt hollow nanospheres (a) and (b). This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Liang et al. [27]

Cyclic voltammograms of the different electrocatalysts in nitrogen-saturated 0.5 M H2SO4 +1.0 M CH3OH at a scan rate of 50 mV s−1. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Wu et al. [53]

Illustration of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell

a SEM image of PtPd nanotubes. b TEM image and electron diffraction pattern (inset) of PtPd nanotubes. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Chen et al. [54]

a Loss of electrochemical surface area (ECSA) of Pt/C, platinum-black (PtB), and Pt nanotube catalysts with number of CV cycles in Ar-purged 0.5 M H2SO4 solution. b ORR curves in O2-saturated 0.5 M H2SO4 solution. Inset: Mass activity (top) and specific activity (bottom) for the four catalysts at 0.85 V. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Chen et al. [54]

SEM images of (a) cross section and (b) surface of Pd NWAs. Inset in (a): XRD pattern of Pd NWAs. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Xu et al. [22]


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2 Responses to Springergate: rebadging and reselling Wiley content

  1. Matthew Cockerill says:

    As Bettina notes, SpringerImages incorporates images from Springer’s many books and journals.
    One side-effect of this (a useful one) is that by assembling millions of images in one place, it helps to bring to light any image-license incongruities extant within those books and journals.
    For example, authors may have innocently incorporated images from Wikimedia commons into an article without realizing that different Wikimedia images have different license requirements. Some are public domain (requiring no acknowledgement or attribution), others are CC-BY (fine to use with correct attribution), while others may be CC-BY-SA, or CC-BY-NC, and so require additional permission for reuse in a journal, book, or image database.
    Similarly, images for figures are in some cases relicensed from other publishers.
    As any such incongruities come to light, they will of course be thoroughly investigated and the permission status clarified and rectified where necessary. As Bettina notes, this is a large task, but it is one which Springer is committed to, and SpringerImages is an enabler for this work.

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