Titus Stahl

Commercial academic networking sites vs. Open Access

Continuing the discussion about academia.edu, the “Office of Scholarly Communication” of the University of California has an interesting post about commercial academic networking sites:

We are often asked by researchers already using ResearchGate or Academia.edu why they should use a repository operated or recommended by the library instead (or as well), or alternatively: Why can’t the library just take my information from ResearchGate or Academia.edu and use that to populate the institutional repository?

The simple answer is: ResearchGate and Academia.edu do not permit their users to take their own data and reuse it elsewhere, nor do their terms of service permit the library to extract that data on the authors’ behalf.