Elsevier’s Publishing Model Might be About to Go Up in Smoke – Forbes
From the 28 January 2012 article
Academic publishing is a very good game indeed if you can manage to get into it. As the publisher the work is created at the expense of others, for free to you. There are no advances, no royalties, to pay. The editing, the checking, the decisions about whether to publish, these are all also done for free to you. And the market, that’s every college libarary in the world and they’re very price insensitive indeed….
There’s not much new about this analysis and investors in Reed Elsevier, the owners of Elsevier, either do or should know all of this.
However, there’s something happening that might change this, for Reed Elsevier shareholders, quite delightful position. That is, a revolt of the academics who provide both the papers and the readership.
A start was made by British mathematician Tim Gowers, in a blog post here. That wasn’t the very start, but it looks like one of those pebbles that starts the avalanche rather than the one that just tumbles down the hillside. And there’s a great deal to be said for a scientific post which references Spike Milligan‘s superb book, Adolf Hitler, My Part in his Downfall.
“I am not only going to refuse to have anything to do with Elsevier journals from now on, but I am saying so publicly. I am by no means the first person to do this, but the more of us there are, the more socially acceptable it becomes, and that is my main reason for writing this post,”
There is now a petition running for academics to sign up to this, here….
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- Death to Elsevier! (freethoughtblogs.com)
- Death to Elsevier! (scienceblogs.com)
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- The cost of knowledge (terrytao.wordpress.com)
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- Scientists Organize Elsevier Boycott (science.slashdot.org)
- Boycott Elsevier (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- Elsevier Snapped by Price Elasticity (arnoldit.com)
- The boycott Elsevier movement (marginalrevolution.com)
- Lists of Elsevier journals to boycott (rrresearch.fieldofscience.com)
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