Source: ISNA, Tehran
Iranian Deputy Minister of Science for Research Affairs said the country is taking legal steps to receive compensation from Elsevier publishing company.
"Legal steps are being taken and since we have concluded an agreement with Elsevier publishing company, we will sue the company through internal and international legal channels to make it pay compensation due to its refusal to comply with its commitments," Mehdi Nejad-Nouri told ISNA.
He expressed hope Elsevier would lift information ban on two Iranian universities.
"We have given an opportunity to the company to make up for its action before we make the final decision on how to deal with its approch." He continued, "Iran would take further steps if the company refuses to make up for its measure."
Iranian Deputy Minister of Science for Research Affairs added some Iranian university presidents have called for ban on sending Iranians' papers to the publishing company if it refuses to fulfill its commitments.
Elsevier is a publishing company which publishes medical and scientific literature. It is a part of the Reed Elsevier group. Based in Amsterdam, the company has operations in the United Kingdom, USA and elsewhere.
Elsevier took its name from the Dutch publishing house Elzevir, which, however, had no connection with the present company. The Elzevir family operated as booksellers and publishers in the Netherlands. Its founder, Lodewijk Elzevir (1542-1617), lived in Leiden and established the business in 1580.
Elsevier was founded in 1880. Leading products include journals such as The Lancet and Cell, books such as Gray's Anatomy, the SciVerse ScienceDirect collection of electronic journals, the Trends and Current Opinion series of journals, and the online citation database SciVerse Scopus. Its free researcher collaboration tool, 2collab, launched in 2007, was discontinued in 2011.
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