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Elsevier takes over Mendeley – reasons to leave now

Two days ago it was announced that Elsevier has bought the reference manager and academic social network Mendeley.

Luis J. Villanueva explains why this should be a reason to move away from Mendeley.

For example:

Elsevier has been denounced by editorial boards, libraries, thousands of researchers, and many other groups for their greedy behavior over content that is not generated by them. They bundle titles, forcing libraries to buy access to more than what they want. MIT has opted out of this at a premium. The company also was caught doing some shady business:

“[…] Elsevier put out a total of six publications between 2000 and 2005 that were sponsored by unnamed pharmaceutical companies and looked like peer reviewed medical journals, but did not disclose sponsorship, the company has admitted.” – The Scientist

Elsevier was among the companies that supported the draconian SOPA, until it became too hot to handle. As a reference, check the full MIT fact sheet on Elsevier. Basically, they oppose open access, squeeze the budget of libraries, and make an obscene profit from our work. A former developer, that moved to PeerJ, has written an interesting post on the matter.

Luckily, alternatives are available, for example the free and open source software Zotero.

  1. CH
    10/04/2013 at 4:21 am

    This posting from the former head of research and development at Mendeley is truly insightful, too.

  2. Ulrich K.
    10/04/2013 at 4:38 am

    Definitely! I’ve read it yesterday, shortly before making the move.

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