Low Dimensional Topology

January 24, 2012

Stop Elsevier!

Filed under: Misc. — dmoskovich @ 9:40 pm

Mathematicians have been complaining for years about Elsevier‘s business practices. In 2006, topologists rose up against it, when the editorial board of Topology resigned and established the Journal of Topology.

A few days ago, Tim Gowers wrote a blog post HERE suggesting that it might now be a good time to act together to stop Elsevier by refusing to submit to their journals or to referee or do editorial work. A petition is HERE.

As a random thought, I wonder whether it would be possible for representatives of the scientific community to sue large publishers to gain open access to papers written before year X, where X is around 2005 or something.

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