“Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan”

Good for them!

Bibliographic Wilderness

“We are entering a new era in publications”, said Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University in October. On behalf of the Dutch universities, he and his colleague Gerard Meijer negotiate with scientific publishers about an open access policy. They managed to achieve agreements with some publishers, but not with the biggest one, Elsevier. Today, they start their plan to boycott Elsevier.

Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan

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4 Responses to ““Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan””

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    This solution involves coercing academics who do not wish to boycott Elsevier. Better is to offer inexpensive online alternative journals. Honour to those who have such plans!

    • Phillip Helbig Says:

      There is a chicken-and-egg problem.

      By the way, whatever happened to the Open Journal of Astrophysics or whatever it was to be called?

      • telescoper Says:

        All main development work finished. Currently testing in private. Will be officially launched soon. But don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret.

      • Phillip Helbig Says:

        I wish it all the best.

        It will gain momentum much more quickly if those on the board publish exclusively in it.

        I hope that there will be at least an alternative submission mechanism which avoids arXiv (though I would expect all accepted papers to appear on arXiv). For various reasons, some people like to wait until acceptance before putting something on arXiv, and there at least used to be institutes which had such a policy for all papers from the institute.

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