News Archives - 2012

February 29, 2012
By:
Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times
Call it the white-coat revolution. But instead of a Tunisian man burning himself about his vegetable cart, it’s research scientists protesting the high cost of the Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation journal.
February 28, 2012
By:
Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed,
In an apparent concession to thousands of academics who have rallied against its “exorbitantly high pricing,” the scholarly publishing juggernaut Reed Elsevier on Monday withdrew its support of the Research Works Act, a bill that would have preempted the government from mandating public access to federally funded research published by commercial publishers.
February 27, 2012
"The American people deserve to have access to research for which they have paid. This conversation needs to continue and we have come to the conclusion that the Research Works Act has exhausted the useful role it can play in the debate. As such, we want Americans concerned about access to research and other participants in this debate to know we will not be taking legislative action on HR 3699, the Research Works Act."
February 27, 2012
By:
Mike Masnick, TechDirt
While it never got as much attention as the GoDaddy boycott, it appears the growing boycott of academics, refusing to publish papers in any Reed Elsevier journal, has caused the company to back down.
February 27, 2012

Earlier today, Elsevier issued a statement withdrawing its support of the Research Works Act (RWA), a bill designed to overturn the popular NIH Public Access Policy, and prohibit the adoption of similar policies by other federal agencies.

February 27, 2012
By:
Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The science-publishing giant Elsevier pulled its support on Monday from the controversial Research Works Act, hours before the bill's co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives declared the legislation dead.
February 27, 2012
By:
Elsevier B.V.
Elsevier writes to the Mathematics Community regarding changes to their pricing and access to specific journals.
February 27, 2012
By:
Elsevier B.V.
Elsevier issues a press release relinquishing their support for the Research Works Act.
February 27, 2012
Late last month, a Cambridge Mathematician wrote a blog post that launched a massive boycott of the largest publisher of academic journals in the world. The boycott, now more than 6,000 academics strong, has ignited a discussion over the cost of, and access to, information published by academics. Rick Karr reports on rising discontent with the current academic publishing model.
February 24, 2012
By:
Newsday Editorial
Imagine that your local government built a nice green park -- but when you tried to have a picnic, a private firm demanded payment for admission.

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