Physicists vs. APS over Wikipedia


Here’s a notable article from New Scientist (`Physicists slam publishers over Wikipeida ban’), illustrating another way that the `Web 2.0′ is changing traditional publishing.

The physicists were upset after the American Physical Society withdrew its offer to publish two studies in Physical Review Letters because the authors had asked for a rights agreement compatible with Wikipedia.

Apparently two offers of publication into PRL were rescinded after the authors wanted a copyright agreement that would allow them to post illustrations and parts of their work to Wikipedia and online blogs/forums. A group of physicists are now calling for a more sensible (read: modern) policy. The APS editor-in-chief responded with statement that their copyright policy will be reviewed this May.


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