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Humanity wins: our fight to unlock 32,544 COVID-19 articles for the world


Mar 7, 2020 — This petition is dedicated to the victims of the outbreak and their families. We fought for every article for every scientist for you.

We close the petition with a heartfelt thank you to every single supporter from around the world, to the publishers for listening to our warning call, and to Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding for his ceaseless support for the outbreak’s victims and the scientists and medical personnel who fight for them. Thank you also to Dr. Bernice Dahn, Vera Mussah, and Dr. Cameron Nutt for warning the world of the great cost of paywalled science in the Ebola epidemic.

The science behind COVID-19 is now free to access for everyone in the world – every scientist – every healthcare professional, all because of your incredible support. In the previous weeks publishers faced the choice between protecting the value of their intellectual property and protecting humanity during this incredibly urgent medical crisis.

Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis responded within 24 hours on February 11th. Wiley first responded on February 12th, increased their commitment, and completely unlocked their collection by February 28th.

Elsevier’s Christopher Capot responded on February 20th, increased their commitment with the 1Science Coronavirus Research Repository on the 25th, and finally unlocked an extensive multi-keyword search on March 5th, spanning full-text matches for "COVID-19" OR Coronavirus OR "Corona virus" OR "2019-nCoV" OR "SARS-CoV" OR "MERS-CoV" OR “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome” OR “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome” across article types. We beg all publishers to expand their queries similarly.

We will continue to contact SAGE and pursue other publishers who hold locked articles as we find them.

32,544 articles and counting. 100k+ views. 1,909 signatures. 1 petition for 1 keyword. We will not let "Yes, We Were Warned" happen again. From humanity, thank you.

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