APA starts monitoring unauthorized internet posting of published articles

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nnThe American Psychological Association (APA) announced a pilot project “to monitor and seek removal of unauthorized online postings of APA journal articles”. According to SHERPA/RoMEO the APA is a green publisher that allows to post articles published in its journals under the following conditions:nn


  1. Authors’ pre-print on a web-site
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  3. Authors’ pre-print must be labeled with date and accompanied with statement that paper has not (yet) been published
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  5. Copy of authors final peer-reviewed manuscript as accepted for publication
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  7. Authors’ post-print on author’s web-site, employers server or institutional repository, after acceptance
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  9. Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
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  11. Must link to publisher version with DOI
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  13. Article must include the following statement: ‘This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.’
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  15. Publisher’s version/PDF cannot be used
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  17. APA will submit NIH author articles to PubMed Central, after author completion of form
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nnAlthough the APA emphasizes in a follow-up statement that it aims to “stop the illegal sharing of content on piracy sites” the publisher leaves unclear whether only publishing on unauthorized servers (point 1 and 4) or publishing of unauthorized versions (1, 3, 8) is pursued, or also the omission of the copyright statement (5), the omission of the DOI (6) and the absence of the note regarding the consistency of the Open Access version and the formally published version (2, 7).nn 

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