Elsevier’s New Patent for Online Peer Review Throws a Scare Into Open-Source Advocates

« Patents on software can be controversial. And often, so is the company Elsevier, the giant journal publisher. So when word hit the internet starting on Tuesday night that Elsevier had just been awarded a patent for an « online peer-review system and method, » reaction from people aligned with the publishing and open-source worlds came swiftly on Twitter and in other online venues, much of it reflecting suspicion about the company’s motives. (…) »