Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Mathematicians boycotting Elsevier

I’m pretty sure everybody has seen this somewhere already, but just to be sure: there is an ongoing campaign to boycott Elsevier, which started with a powerful statement by Fields medalist Tim Gowers, and is now getting more and more vigorous – to the point that it caused the Elsevier share price to fall! While the campaign as such focuses mostly on Elsevier and academic publishing in mathematics, their critique of the commercial academic publishing business model (get everybody to work for free and charge exorbitant prices) applies pretty much across the board. It is definitely something that all academics, of all areas, should be following with interest.

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