ATG Article of the Week: Elsevier Acquires Mendeley

“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.

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