Take a stand against Elsevier

My views about the academic journal racket are on record. Of all the profiteering outfits out there, the commercial publisher Elsevier  is one of the worst offenders, for the following reasons:

  1. They charge exorbitantly high prices for their journals.
  2. They sell journals in very large “bundles,” so libraries must buy a large set with many unwanted journals, or none at all. Elsevier thus makes huge profits by exploiting their essential titles, at the expense of other journals.
  3. They support measures such as SOPA, PIPA and the Research Works Act, that aim to restrict the free exchange of information.

I believe the business practices of Elsevier are detrimental to the open exchange of information on which scientific progress depends, so I have added my name to the list here of academics who refuse to publish in, referee for, or do editorial work on behalf of any Elsevier journal. If you wish to add your name to the list you can do so here.

A list of journals published by Elsevier can be found here.

10 Responses to “Take a stand against Elsevier”

  1. By taking part in REF, we are all supporting Elsevier, thanks to HEFCEs choice to use SCOPUS.

  2. I’ve quietly boycotted Elsevier for years, which is relatively easy to do since in our field there’s no real advantage to publishing with them instead of in one of the more benign journals. I just signed on to the “official” boycott. Thanks for the link.

  3. By the way, the Wikipedia list of Elsevier journals is not complete. For instance, New Astronomy Reviews is Elsevier but is not on the list. (The one time I fell off the boycott-Elsevier wagon is a conference proceedings published there.)

  4. For the sake of a ball-park understanding of the figures involved, what are the exorbitantly high subscription prices?

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