Posted by: bluesyemre | April 24, 2015

#mendeley, #elsevier and the Future of #scholarlypublishing


Victor Henning, Mendeley’s CEO and Elsevier’s VP of Strategy, did heavy outreach to the open science community

In 2013, when Victor Henning announced that his six-year-old startup Mendeley would be acquired by one of the world’s biggest media companies, he knew there would be blowback. He just couldn’t have anticipated how bad it would get. “Seeing that some of our most vocal advocates thought we had sold them out felt awful,” Henning said recently over a tea in Amsterdam, where Elsevier, Mendeley’s parent company, is headquartered. Launched in 2007 by Henning and two friends at graduate school, Mendeley built an unlikely but very useful piece of software—think a variation on Evernote combined with Facebook—aimed at helping researchers organize their papers, annotate them, and share them with each other. It swiftly took the academic world by storm. Researchers loved the ability to search for and in some cases access papers from journals they didn’t subscribe to—a small protest against the billion-dollar industry that critics insist serves as a gatekeeper to the world’s scientific findings. Within a few years, Mendeley had become an icon of the “open science” movement.

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