Elsevier and the American Chemical Society say that the academic-networking website violates US copyright law.
Two journal publishers have launched legal proceedings in the United States against academic-networking site ResearchGate for copyright infringement.
Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) say that the ResearchGate website violates US copyright law by making articles in their journals freely available. The two publishers filed the claim with the United States District Court for the District of Maryland on 2 October.
ResearchGate, which is based in Berlin, Germany, declined to comment to Nature. In October 2017, the same publishers launched a similar suit for copyright infringement in Germany, which has not yet concluded. At the time, ResearchGate declined to comment on this lawsuit.