I want my response to this story to go beyond just tut-tutting and shaking my head. Academics do have some power here. We provide the articles for Elsevier journals, and we do a lot of unpaid work reviewing and editing for them. None of us wants to restrict our opportunities for publishing, but these days there are a lot of outlets available. When deciding where to submit a paper, I suspect that most academics, like me, take little notice of who the publisher of a journal is. I focus more on whether the journal has a good editor, my prior experience of publication lags, and whether Open Access is available. But as from now, I shall include publisher in the criteria I adopt, and avoid Elsevier as far as I can.
07 January 2012
No more free academic labor
That's the message of BishopBlog, which has an important discussion of Elsevier's attempts to curtail open access publishing by the NIH. Best passage: