“Elsevier Acquires Mendeley” is an article by Barbara Brynko that appeared on the Information Today website last week about a landmark acquisition that promises to have a significant impact on the worlds of academic publishing, research, and libraries.
Those unfamiliar with the particulars will welcome Ms. Brynko’s efforts in distilling the discussion and providing an overview and background for the Elsevier – Mendeley deal. Initially, she discusses some of the concerns and observations expressed by researchers and industry analysts. As you can imagine some think that Mendeley has sold itself to the devil while others see it as a frank admission by a major publisher of the “emerging primacy of collaborative publishing in scientific research.”
Ms. Brynko also reserves space to present the perspectives of the two main actors, Mendeley and Elsevier. It will come as no surprise that representatives from both companies can envision only “the benefits that the acquisition will generate.” More content, more tools, improve altmetrics, and “real-time data” for libraries wanting to monitor the use of their journal collections are only a few of the pluses mentioned.
Admittedly, and as the article makes clear, not everyone is buying the rosy scenario, and in fact, some are downright outraged by it. But regardless of how you view the Elsevier – Mendeley deal, it would be hard to deny that it is a harbinger of the future for publishers, the research community, and libraries.
But enough! There is a lot more in this article worthy of your attention so we won’t spoil it for you. Click on the above link and read on.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.