Elsevier versus Schattenbibliotheken: Publisher focuses on fighting cyber crime instead of open access deals

The online platform netwerk.org writes an critical article about an initiative to fight cyber crime

In an article on netzwerk.org, the platform writes about the efforts of the major publisher Elsevier to combat so-called shadow libraries. Elsevier has been criticised for not implementing transparent Open Access contracts with fair conditions, as has already happened in the DEAL contracts with the publishing houses Wiley and Springer Nature. Instead, the publisher is founding an initiative to combat cyber crime: Scholarly Networks Security Initiative (SNSI), because - according to the author - the free and unauthorised provision of Elsevier publications by shadow libraries such as LibGen and SciHub could put less pressure on libraries and research institutions in contract negotiations.

netzwerk.org describes itself as a platform for digital freedom rights that does not act neutrally. The article can be found here.