Should you boycott academic publishers?

Connotea Imports 2012-07-31


"There is a growing list of famous scientists who have pledged to boycott Elsevier as a publisher. If I were in charge of Elsevier, I would be very nervous: academic publishers need famous authors more than the famous authors need the publishers. After all, famous scientists could simply post their work online, and people would still read it....Focusing solely on database-related journals, I decided to look at how much journals charge per article....[The prices range from $61.50 to zero.] The price distribution appears almost random. I can see no relation between prestige or paper length and prices. Elsevier is hardly alone at charging high prices for papers. Wiley and Springer are just as expensive....The evidence is strong that high-quality inexpensive journals are possible. Current journals are up to an order of magnitude too expensive...."


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Tags: oa.publishers oa.boycotts oa.surveys oa.prices oa.pledges



Date tagged:

07/31/2012, 11:48

Date published:

01/24/2012, 15:43