Elsevier's 2017 profits exceeded $1.2 billion: how to reclaim your rights as an author without feeding the beast

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For the week of 26 February 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Elsevier's 2017 profits exceeded $1.2 billion: how to reclaim your rights as an author without feeding the beast.

RELX Group, the holding company that owns Elsevier, the world's largest publisher, brought in profits that exceeded US $1.2 billion in 2017 alone. With a profit margin of 37%, they make more profit per-dollar than Google and Apple combined! So what can you as an author do to stop feeding this profit-hungry beast?

Elsevier and other for-profit publishers allow you to make your research available for free to the world via Green Open Access (Green OA). Papers available for free this way are cited 30% more on average. If they're licensed openly, they can also be text-mined and translated for free, too -- all without paying costly OA fees to the publisher!

Get your research published where you want (even behind a pay-wall) by making it freely-available via Green OA with MarXiv: the free research repository for the ocean and marine climate sciences. Not only can you make your research Green OA for free, but you can also share your data and other research outputs for free. Give your group’s reports a free DOI, too, and ensure they’re indexed in academic search engines like Google Scholar.

This webinar will be presented by Nick Wehner, OCTO’s Director of Open Initiatives and the Project Director for MarXiv.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar167

Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,

- Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

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  • Scientific Reports has released, Assessing cetacean surveys throughout the Mediterranean Sea: a gap analysis in environmental space (https://oct.to/OC1246).

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