They mention, but do not provide a link to, Tyler Neylon’s post 97% of US schools cannot afford Elsevier journals, which has a much more detailed analysis, including pointing out the monopolistic practice of secret pricing by the major publishers. Tyler points to a pledge page, on which many academics (4544 on 2 Feb 2012) have declared publicly that they will not support any Elsevier journal unless Elsevier radically changes how they operate.
I have not signed the pledge yet, but I’m thinking about it, even though I’m only submitting a few papers a year now, and most of those are collaborations with the co-authors choosing the journals. I don’t want to pledge to do something that I then have no control over, nor have to remove my name from co-authored work to keep the pledge.
- Boycott Elsevier (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Scientists sign petition to boycott academic publisher Elsevier (guardian.co.uk)
- Eisen calls for Elsevier Boycott – but can we all go OA? [denialism blog] (scienceblogs.com)
- Mysteries of the Elsevier Boycott (scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org)
- Elsevier Publishing Boycott Gathers Steam Among Academics (chronicle.com)
- Scientists Organize Elsevier Boycott (science.slashdot.org)
- Academics Revolt Against Elsevier’s Journal Pricing (paidcontent.org)