Back in 2012, Jonathan Eisen blogged
Hey Nature Publishing Group - When are you going to live up to your promises about "free" genome papers? #opengate #aaaaaarrgh
He also wrote:-
See some more recent blog posts of mine about this topic:
- A Solution to Nature Publishing Group's Inability to Keep Free Papers Free: Deposit them in Pubmed Central
- Nature's access absurdity: Human Genome Paper free but access to corrections will costs $64
- Corrections Scamming at Nature: Tantalizing clues, to see errors just pay more money #Seriously?
In September 2017, Eisen posted a further post:- Nature Publishing Group continues to deceive about #OpenAccess to genome papers
That's right. The "public" human genome paper is not freely or openly
available. It is $4.99 to rent or $20 to purchase. Is this Nature's
way of saying "We think the Lander et al. paper did not actually report
on a genome?" and that the Venter paper truly won the race? I don't
think so. I think this is a way of Nature saying "How can we make money
off of our past papers? Which one gets a lot of looks? What? It is
freely available? Change that." or something like that.
Want to bet they will say this is a mistake? Want to bet they will not refund anybody's money who paid for this?
Here is a simple solution for everyone out there. Do not trust Nature Publishing Group to make something available even if they say they will.
It wasn't just one paper. Eisen found many.
Nature has apologized and said they fixed the issue and will refund any money people spent to buy these articles