- Today is a day to be annoyed with Nature (Publishing Group that is) #NatureFail
- The Tree of Life: Nature's publishing machine really wants you to pay for stuff even if it is supposed to be free.
- On science blogs this week: Evolution | ScienceWriters (www.nasw.org)
Friday, March 04, 2011
Calling for Nature Publishing Group to return all money charged for articles that were supposed to be free #OpenAccess
Well, in case you did not see, yesterday I got really pissed off at Nature Publishing Group. Short summary - many articles of mine that were supposed to be freely available on their journal sites were not. For more information see
People from Nature Publishing Group have responded quite quickly saying they will look into this and try to fix it and indeed they have fixed many if not all of the mistakes in accessibility I found yesterday. Glad they responded so quickly. However, their response raises quite a few questions. Like "what happened?" - as in - why did access get closed off? And why were they charging to for article use when they should not have been?
It would be good for Nature to publish / post a full description of what went wrong. And perhaps they will. Apparently, it was just a glitch in the system. Whatever the cause however, almost certainly some people paid for access for articles that were supposed to be freely available. I am calling on Nature here to audit their systems and return all money that was paid for such access.