At the same time as SciHub is in hot water, academic publishers are also taking aim at ResearchGate, complaining that authors often violate the publshers' copyright by posting final versions of their scholarly articles on the website. In addition, some authors are objecting to the way ResearchGate often inserts a new "front page" in their article with links that lead back to ResearchGate versions of articles instead of the original journals. This week, a consortium of publishers began issuing "take down" notices to ResearchGate demanding that it remove articles that violate their copyright from its website. ResearchGate, like Academia, is a for-profit enterprise that aspires to be a sort of Facebook for researchers.
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"ResearchGate: Publishers Take Formal Steps to Force Copyright ComplianceRobert Harington for the Scholarly Kitchen blog, Oct 6, 2017. (44 Comments)
"Publishers threaten to remove millions of papers from ResearchGate: Take-down notices “imminent” as lawsuit is filed alleging widespread copyright infringement" by Richard Van Noorden for Nature News,10 October 2017