Nature paywalling Genome papers that are meant to be Open Access

Posted by Paywall Watch on 16 Oct, 2017

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

This is just ridiculous.  Nature Publishing Group in 2007 announced that they were making all papers in their journals that reported genome sequences would be made freely available and would be given a Creative Commons license: Shared genomes : Article : Nature.


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He also wrote:-

See some more recent blog posts of mine about this topic:

In September 2017, Eisen posted a further post:- Nature Publishing Group continues to deceive about #OpenAccess to genome papers

In part:-


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.

UPDATE 10/16/17

Nature has apologized and said they fixed the issue and will refund any money people spent to buy these articles