7 December 2018
The American Chemical Society and Elsevier are in another legal battle against ResearchGate—this time in the USA. The publishers state that ResearchGate is illegally obtaining and distributing research articles protected by copyright law.
The Coalition for Responsible Sharing, formed by the American Chemical Society, Elsevier, and other publishers, says it wants ResearchGate to take responsibility for the content they share—and to check which papers can and cannot be legally shared before they are uploaded. The coalition says it is holding ResearchGate, not the authors, responsible for unlawful sharing.