Elsevier Publishing Boycott

| February 6, 2012

Once again, voices are raised against publishers hanging onto prohibitively high-cost business models and making the exchange of knowledge more difficult. This time, award-winning mathematician Timothy Gowers of the University of Cambridge is calling other academics to action, asking them to pledge not to publish, referee, or do editorial work for Elsevier Publishing. So far, his petition, which you can access at The Cost of Knowledge, has been signed by over 4,200 fellow boycotters.

Here is an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education on this topic (note that the number of signatures has more than doubled in a week), and you can track Gowers’s thoughts on his blog.