The Cost of Knowledge: Researchers taking a stand against Elsevier
Academics have protested against Elsevier’s business practices for years with little effect. The main objections are these:
- They charge exorbitantly high prices for their journals.
- They sell journals in very large “bundles,” so libraries must buy a large set with many unwanted journals, or none at all. Elsevier thus makes huge profits by exploiting their essential titles, at the expense of other journals.
- They support measures such as SOPA, PIPA and the Research Works Act, that aim to restrict the free exchange of information.
Sign the petition here.