Academics demand rights

SCIENTIFIC and medical publishing is moving into cyberspace even more rapidly than other forms. Academic publishers in the US and UK, however, have long managed to get their authors to sign away all rights -- most, after all, have salaries. Some, however, have noticed publishers pushing the bounds -- like the on-line ChemWeb, at least part-owned by Reed-Elsevier, which demands all rights from journalists and academics alike and then sells access. The US journal Science has carried an article arguing that scientists should retain their authors' rights -- but demanded that the authors hand over all rights! In the UK, the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society has a campaign for academic authors. Spread the word...

Jan/Feb 1999
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