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Caught Our Notice: Forgot to make your article open access? It’ll cost you (with a correction)

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Title: Industrial antifoam agents impair ethanol fermentation and induce stress responses in yeast cells

What Caught Our Attention: When authors decide they want to make their articles freely available after they’ve already been published, how should publishers indicate the change, if at all? Recently, Ross Mounce (@rmounce) thought it was odd a Springer journal issued a formal correction notice when the authors wanted to make their paper freely available, and we can’t say we disagree.  As he posted on Twitter:

Formal correction issued just to indicate article has changed to hybridOA. Strange precedent. Can’t see need for correction statement myself if online-only journal

But it turns out this isn’t such an unusual move for a publisher to make, at least not at Springer. A quick check shows more than 100 articles published by Springer have such corrections.  The publisher still is lagging a bit in this update, however, as the article still remains (at this moment) behind a paywall.

Journal: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Authors: Jens Christian Nielsen, Felipe Senne de Oliveira Lino, Thomas Gundelund Rasmussen, Jette Thykær, Christopher T. Workman, Thiago Olitta Basso

Affiliation: Novozymes Latin America Ltda, Brazil;  Technical University of Denmark, Denmark;  Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; University of São Paulo, Brazil

The Notice:

The article “Industrial antifoam agents impair ethanol fermentation and induce stress responses in yeast cells”, written by Jens Christian Nielsen, Felipe Senne de Oliveira Lino, Thomas Gundelund Rasmussen, Jette Thykær, Christopher T. Workman and Thiago Olitta Basso, was originally published Online First without open access. After publication in volume 101, issue 22, page 8237–8248, the author decided to opt for Open Choice and to make the article an open access publication. Therefore, the copyright of the article has been changed to © The Author(s) 2017 and the article is forthwith distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, duplication, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.

The original article was corrected.

Date of Article: October 2017

Times Cited, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science: Zero

Date of Notice: November 25, 2017

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Comments
  • Prof. Chukwuemeka Chucks Agbakwuru December 10, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Publishing of Article is different from making an Article free for public consumption which has the most rewarding impact on research studies and publishing of Articles.

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