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Boycott Elsevier publications

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By Rory McGreal February 4, 2012 - 8:57am Comments (1)

I have just joined the boycott Elsevier protest that has been organized by a leading Math scholar. You can find out more information about it at

The reasons for the boycott:
They charge exorbitantly high prices for subscriptions to individual journals.

In the light of these high prices, the only realistic option for many libraries is to agree to buy very large "bundles", which will include many journals that those libraries do not actually want. Elsevier thus makes huge profits by exploiting the fact that some of their journals are essential.

They support measures such as SOPA, PIPA and the Research Works Act, that aim to restrict the free exchange of information.


  • Does that mean something needs to replace Elsevier? Is it practical for one or two universities per country with publishing capacity to divide up the job of replacing them?

    Eric von Stackelberg February 6, 2012 - 10:57am

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