Originally posted on Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week:
Well, I’ve had most of the day now to digest the news that Elsevier have withdrawn their support of the Research Works Act; and a few hours to get used to the idea that the Act itself is now dead. I’ve had some time to think about what it all means.
My first reaction was to be really delighted: the banner headline suggested a genuine change of direction from Elsevier, such as I had challenged them about a few weeks ago. I hoped that this was the first step on a path towards real change, leading to reconciliation with all the authors, editors and reviewers that they’d alienated.
Unfortunately, a close reading of Elsevier’s statement [cached copy] doesn’t support that interpretation. It’s apparent that this is a strategic manoeuvre rather than a a fundamental shift. That’s clear from language like the following:
While we continue…
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