Über Unpaywall und die Folgen / Nach Open Access und Copyright – Technologie! / BookBytes
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From Google Translate: "Launched in early April 2017, Unpaywall ( unpaywall.org ) has set itself the goal of identifying legacy open access versions of pay content. By means of an easy to install, free plugins search for scientists not against the number barriers, but are passed on the Paywall past the Open Access version. Required: Only a Chrome or Firefox browser.
Various other providers, such as DOAI ( http://doai.io ), provide a similar service, but are less comfortable. The user has to 'redirect' the naming of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) by hand. The explosive power of Unpaywall, on the other hand, is obvious. High comfort for the user through seamless integration into the browser, powerful technology, high savings potential: ideal prerequisites for disruption. And researchers can use it with a clear conscience, without violating copyright law. It is easy to predict that there will be a large number of such services in the future. The milder times of open access are over - which unfortunately does not make the situation for science publishers a bit more comfortable.
The consequences are serious: if scientific journals are the guarantors of high profit margins in the publishers' portfolio, their star is now sinking. Even individual articles, which until now were hardly accessible to libraries and were not accessible to scientists in particular, now appear transparent, The magazine as an economic unit becomes as puny as a Swiss cheese. It is foreseeable what this means for the value of magazines as a whole.
But libraries are also under the pressure of legitimation by this small plugin, at least in the area of digital content. The breadth of the offer and the degree of transparency created by Unpaywall should go beyond any bibliographic catalog around the world. Instead of complaints and legal complaints, the scientific publishers should understand what is happening, regardless of whether they consider the development to be desirable: Access and services directly at the interface to researchers gain importance and value, content that is not integrated and Behind barriers to their existence, lose their relevance. What to do? Cooperate with innovators - and rethink their own business model from the scientist."