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* [http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/whats-wrong-with-electronic-journals/ What's wrong with electronic journals], Tim Gowers, January 29, 2012.
 
* [http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/whats-wrong-with-electronic-journals/ What's wrong with electronic journals], Tim Gowers, January 29, 2012.
 
* [http://sbseminar.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/thinking-about-elsevier-replacements/ Thinking about Elsevier replacements], David Speyer, January 30, 2012.
 
* [http://sbseminar.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/thinking-about-elsevier-replacements/ Thinking about Elsevier replacements], David Speyer, January 30, 2012.
* [http://boingboing.net/2012/01/31/scientists-boycott-elsevier-ov.html Scientists and scholars boycott Elsevier over bad business practices and copyright maximalism], Cory Doctorow, Boingboing, January 31, 2012.
 
 
* [http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2012/02/02/mysteries-of-the-elsevier-boycott Mysteries of the Elsevier Boycott], Rick Anderson, February 2, 2012.
 
* [http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2012/02/02/mysteries-of-the-elsevier-boycott Mysteries of the Elsevier Boycott], Rick Anderson, February 2, 2012.
 
** [http://breakingculture.tumblr.com/post/17112742228/unraveling-boycott-mysteries Unraveling (some of) the mysteries of the Elsevier Boycott], Sean Johnson Andrews, February 6, 2012.
 
** [http://breakingculture.tumblr.com/post/17112742228/unraveling-boycott-mysteries Unraveling (some of) the mysteries of the Elsevier Boycott], Sean Johnson Andrews, February 6, 2012.
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* [http://www.metafilter.com/112178/Scientists-boycott-Elsevier Scientists boycott Elsevier], Metafilter, January 29, 2012.
 
* [http://www.metafilter.com/112178/Scientists-boycott-Elsevier Scientists boycott Elsevier], Metafilter, January 29, 2012.
  
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* [http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/28/scientists_boycott_elsevier/ Blog blast births boffin boycott of publisher Elsevier], Iain Thomson, the Register, January 28, 2012.
 
* [http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/28/scientists_boycott_elsevier/ Blog blast births boffin boycott of publisher Elsevier], Iain Thomson, the Register, January 28, 2012.
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* [http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/elsevier-publishing-boycott-gathers-steam-among-academics/35216 Elsevier Publishing Boycott Gathers Steam Among Academics], Josh Fischman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, 2012.
 
* [http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/elsevier-publishing-boycott-gathers-steam-among-academics/35216 Elsevier Publishing Boycott Gathers Steam Among Academics], Josh Fischman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, 2012.
 
* [http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120130/13030217589/will-academics-boycott-elsevier-be-tipping-point-open-access-another-embarrassing-flop.shtml Will Academics' Boycott Of Elsevier Be The Tipping Point For Open Access -- Or Another Embarrassing Flop?], Glyn Moody, Techdirt, January 31, 2012.
 
* [http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120130/13030217589/will-academics-boycott-elsevier-be-tipping-point-open-access-another-embarrassing-flop.shtml Will Academics' Boycott Of Elsevier Be The Tipping Point For Open Access -- Or Another Embarrassing Flop?], Glyn Moody, Techdirt, January 31, 2012.
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* [http://boingboing.net/2012/01/31/scientists-boycott-elsevier-ov.html Scientists and scholars boycott Elsevier over bad business practices and copyright maximalism], Cory Doctorow, Boingboing, January 31, 2012.
 
* [http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/01/publishing/petition-targeting-elseviers-business-practices-begins-to-snowball/ Petition Targeting Elsevier’s Business Practices Begins to Snowball], Michael Kelley, Library Journal, January 31, 2012.
 
* [http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/01/publishing/petition-targeting-elseviers-business-practices-begins-to-snowball/ Petition Targeting Elsevier’s Business Practices Begins to Snowball], Michael Kelley, Library Journal, January 31, 2012.
 
* [http://www.thebookseller.com/news/academics-call-boycott-elsevier.html Academics call for boycott of Elsevier], Charlotte Williams, The Bookseller, January 31, 2012.
 
* [http://www.thebookseller.com/news/academics-call-boycott-elsevier.html Academics call for boycott of Elsevier], Charlotte Williams, The Bookseller, January 31, 2012.

Revision as of 10:03, 13 February 2012

This is a collection of links to information, opinion, activism, and other issues concerning the practices of research journal publishers (particularly in the mathematical sciences). Further contributions are welcome.


The cost of knowledge

The cost of knowledge is a web page at which one may register a protest against the practices of Elsevier by pledging not to submit a paper to an Elsevier journal, not to referee for an Elsevier journal, not to join an editorial board of an Elsevier journal, or some combination of the three. This site was inspired by the following blog post:

A more detailed statement of purpose of the boycott, can be found here. It is written and signed by Scott Aaronson, Douglas N. Arnold, Artur Avila, John Baez, Folkmar Bornemann, Danny Calegari, Henry Cohn, Ingrid Daubechies, Jordan Ellenberg, Matthew Emerton, Marie Farge, David Gabai, Timothy Gowers, Ben Green, Martin Grotschel, Michael Harris, Frederic Helein, Rob Kirby, Vincent Lafforgue, Gregory F. Lawler, Randall J. LeVeque, Laszlo Lovasz, Peter J. Olver, Olof Sisask, Terence Tao, Richard Taylor, Bernard Teissier, Burt Totaro, Lloyd N. Trefethen, Takashi Tsuboi, Marie-France Vigneras, Wendelin Werner, Amie Wilkinson, and Gunter M. Ziegler.

There have since been many reactions to this protest:

Reactions from blogs

News aggregators

Coverage by the media

Other coverage

See also this list of links, which is focused more around the Research Works Act, but also contains many links regarding the boycott, as well as Math 2.0, a discussion forum for all topics related to the future of mathematical publishing.

Open letters to Elsevier

Other pledges, boycotts, and petitions

Other blog posts, letters, and opinion pieces

Media

Other Information

Elsevier mathematics journals

This list is taken from here

Open Access journals

  • These lists are taken from the Directory of Open Access Journals (limited to peer-reviewed journals).
    • Perhaps someone could spell out or cut/paste the DOAJ lists below, like the Elsevier list above.

Mathematics journal price tables

The following tables list the ten most expensive mathematics journals by volume list price (as of 2008), and (for comparison) the ten mathematics journals with the highest impact factor (as of 2000). One should caution that due to complicated (and, in some cases, deliberately obscured) bundling agreements, the actual price of subscriptions to many journals (including Elsevier journals) may differ somewhat from the official list price. Nevertheless, these tables should convey the rough order of magnitude, at least, of journal costs from publisher to publisher.

Data is drawn from this set of 2007 journal price data and this list of 2000 ISI impact factors. All prices in US dollars.

Top ten mathematics journals by volume list price

Title Publisher Price/volume Price/page
J. Math. Sci. (New York) Springer 9998 1.38
Theoret. Comput. Sci. Elsevier 6551 1.02
J. Math. Anal. Appl. Academic Press/Elsevier 6362 0.36
J. Algebra Academic Press/Elsevier 5736 0.51
Nonlinear Anal. Elsevier 5426 0.84
Discrete Math. Elsevier 5269 1.63
Appl. Math. Comput. Elsevier 5250 0.38
Math. Methods Appl. Sci. Wiley/Teubner 4995 2.09
Linear Algebra Appl. Elsevier 4885 0.94
Math. Nachr. Wiley/VCH Verlag 4795 2.58

Top ten mathematics journals by impact factor

Title Publisher Price/volume Price/page
Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. American Mathematical Society 418 0.64
Acta Mathematica Institut Mittag-Leffler 392 0.65
J. Amer. Math. Soc. American Mathematical Society 287 0.24
Comm. Pure Appl. Math. Wiley 3205 1.74
Inventiones Mathemat. Springer-Verlag 3232 1.21
Annals of Mathematics Princeton University Press 260 0.13
Advances in Mathematics Elsevier/Academic Press 3221 0.41
Mem. Amer. Math. Soc. American Mathematical Society N/A N/A
Commun. Contemp. Math. World Scientific 483 0.51
Geom. Func. Anal. Springer/Birkhauser 1185 0.88