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== The cost of knowledge ==
 
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[http://thecostofknowledge.com/ 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:
 
[http://thecostofknowledge.com/ 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:
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See also [http://blog.thecostofknowledge.com/ the blog associated to the cost of knowledge site].  A poster for the protest may be [http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/elsevier_boycott_poster.pdf found here].
 
See also [http://blog.thecostofknowledge.com/ the blog associated to the cost of knowledge site].  A poster for the protest may be [http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/elsevier_boycott_poster.pdf found here].
  
There have since been many reactions to this protest:
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There have been [[The cost of knowledge|numerous reactions to this protest from both traditional and new media]].
 
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=== Reactions from blogs ===
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* [http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/httpthecostofknowledge-com/  The cost of knowledge], Timothy Gowers, January 23, 2012.
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* [http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/ban-elsevier/ Ban Elsevier], John Baez, January 26, 2012.
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* [http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=891 Boycott Elsevier!], Scott Aaronson, January 26, 2012.
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* [http://terrytao.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/the-cost-of-knowledge/ The cost of knowledge], Terence Tao, January 26, 2012.
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* [http://dabacon.org/pontiff/?p=5982 Why boycott Elsevier?], Adam Harrow, January 27, 2012.
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* [http://cameroncounts.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/publishers-wars/ Publisher's wars], Peter Cameron, January 29, 2012.
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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.
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* [http://sbseminar.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/thinking-about-elsevier-replacements/ Thinking about Elsevier replacements], David Speyer, January 30, 2012.
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* [http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2012/02/01/stand-down-journal-referee/ Comfort is the death knell of academia: why I’m standing down as a journal referee], Matthew Todd, LSE Impact Blog, February 1, 2012.
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* [http://www.scilogs.de/wblogs/blog/detritus/sonstiges/2012-02-01/boykottiert-elsevier-unterst-tzt-open-access Boykottiert Elsevier! Unterstützt Open Access!], Martin Ballaschk, February 1, 2012. (German)
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* [http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2012/02/02/mysteries-of-the-elsevier-boycott Mysteries of the Elsevier Boycott], Rick Anderson, February 2, 2012.
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** [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.against-the-grain.com/2012/02/multigrain-discussion-another-response-to-the-elsevier-boycott/ Multigrain Discussion: Another Response to the Elsevier Boycott], Chuck Hamaker, February 14, 2012.
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* [http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2012/02/02/the-elsevier-boycott-does-it-make-sense The Elsevier Boycott — Does It Make Sense?], Kent Anderson, February 2, 2012.
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* [http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=890 You are Elsevier: time to overcome our fears and kill subscription journals], Michael Eisen, February 3, 2012.
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** [http://scienceblogs.com/denialism/2012/02/eisen_calls_for_elsevier_boyco.php Eisen calls for Elsevier Boycott - but can we all go OA?], Mark Hoofnagle, February 6, 2012.
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* [http://stochastictrend.blogspot.com/2012/02/in-defence-of-elsevier.html In Defence of Elsevier], David Stern, February 4, 2012.
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* [http://blog.mathunion.org/journals/?no_cache=1&tx_t3blog_pi1%5BblogList%5D%5BshowUid%5D=30&tx_t3blog_pi1%5BblogList%5D%5Byear%5D=2012&tx_t3blog_pi1%5BblogList%5D%5Bmonth%5D=02&tx_t3blog_pi1%5BblogList%5D%5Bday%5D=05&cHash=a2d6424f899302a7ea3b75b9bb591802 More reasons to support the Elsevier boycott], Doug Arnold, IMU blog on mathematical journals, February 5, 2012.
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* [http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/a-more-formal-statement-about-mathematical-publishing/ A more formal statement about mathematical publishing], Timothy Gowers, February 8, 2012.
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* [http://scientopia.org/blogs/drugmonkey/2012/02/08/explaining-resistance-to-the-elsevier-boycott-practicalities/ Explaining resistance to the Elsevier boycott: Practicalities.], DrugMonkey, February 8, 2012.
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* [http://neurodojo.blogspot.com/2012/02/whens-scientists-and-published.html When scientists’ and publishers’ motivations align], Zen Faulkes, February 9, 2012.
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* [https://etechlib.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/about-the-elsevier-controversy-and-essential-science/ About the Elsevier Controversy and Essential Science], PF Anderson, February 11, 2012.
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* [http://www.science3point0.com/palphy/2012/02/12/journal-mega-bundles-thecostofknowledge/ Journal mega-bundles & TheCostOfKnowledge], Ross Mounce, February 12, 2012.
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* [http://mathbabe.org/2012/02/13/mathematics-has-an-occupy-moment/ Mathematics has an Occupy moment], Cathy O'Neil, February 13, 2012.
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* [http://svpow.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/a-window-of-opportunity-for-elsevier/ A window of opportunity for Elsevier], Mike Taylor, February 13, 2012.
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* [http://mhpbooks.com/49648/5000-profs-join-boycott-of-elsevier-publications-in-international-academic-spring/ 5,000 profs join boycott of Elsevier publications in international “academic spring”], Dennis Johnson, February 14, 2012.
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* [http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2012/02/15/after-elsevier-boycott-green-open-access What comes after the Elsevier boycott? The answer might be found by following the ‘Green’ road to open access], Neil Stewart, LSE Impact Blog, February 15, 2012.
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* [http://mhpbooks.com/50115/whats-next-in-the-elsevier-boycott/ What’s next in the Elsevier boycott?], Dennis Johnson, Melville House, February 16, 2012.
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* [http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/02/opinion/barbara-fister/joining-the-movement-a-call-to-action-peer-to-peer-review/ Joining the Movement: A Call to Action | Peer to Peer Review] Barbara Fister, Library Journal, February 16, 2012
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* [http://www.scilogs.de/wblogs/blog/mathematik-im-alltag/allgemein/2012-02-19/boykottiert-elsevier-ich-boykottiere-elsevier Boykottiert Elsevier! Ich boykottiere Elsevier!], Gunter Ziegler, February 19, 2012. (German)
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* [http://burttotaro.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/i-am-not-a-radical-but-i-am-boycotting-elsevier/ I am not a radical, but I am boycotting Elsevier], Burt Totaro, February 19, 2012.
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* [http://audsandens.blogspot.com/2012/02/taking-control-more-reasons-for.html Taking Control: More Reasons for the Elsevier Boycott], Aaron Barlow, February 20, 2012.
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* [http://www.weeklyweinersmith.com/?p=211 The Elsevier Boycott], Zach and Kelly Wienersmith, February 21, 2012. (Podcast)
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* [http://scienceblogs.com/webeasties/2012/02/the_future_of_science_pub.php The Future of Science Publishing], Kevin Bonham, February 21, 2012.
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* [http://scienceblogs.com/confessions/2012/02/elsevier_boycott_time_for_libr.php Elsevier boycott: Time for librarians to rise up!], John Dupuis, February 21, 2012.
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* [http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2012/02/22/elsevier-price-boycotters-untruth/ Elsevier have a right to price their journals as they see fit, but they must be honest in their reasoning and not attack boycotters with untruths], Tim Leunig, LSE Impact blog, February 22, 2012.
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* [http://thethesiswhisperer.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/the-academic-writers-strike/ The academic writer’s strike], Inger Mewburn, February 22, 2012.
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* [http://gigaom.com/2012/02/22/why-do-we-need-academic-journals-in-the-first-place/ Why do we need academic journals in the first place?], Mathew Ingram, GigaOM, February 22, 2012.
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* [http://ittakes30.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/why-boycott-elsevier/ Why boycott Elsevier?], Becky Ward, February 23, 2012.
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* [http://breakingculture.tumblr.com/post/18380845829/elseviers-strategy-and-the-long-war Elsevier's strategy and the long war], Sean Johnson Andrews, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://gavialib.com/2012/02/elsevier-blinks-once/ Elsevier blinks, once], Library Loon, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://www.scienceguide.nl/201202/%E2%80%9Cthe-rwa-is-dead%E2%80%9D.aspx "The RWA is dead"], Cameron Neylon, ScienceGuide, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://svpow.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/holy-poop-they-did-it-elsevier-withdraws-support-for-the-research-works-act/ Holy poop! They did it! Elsevier withdraws support for the Research Works Act], Michael Taylor, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=988 We won the Battle of the Research Works Act. Now let’s win the War for Open Access.], Michael Eisen, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com/2012/02/elsevier-numbers-illustrate-once-again.html Elsevier numbers illustrate - once again - just how much more sense open access makes!], Heather Morrison, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://svpow.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/can-elsevier-save-itself/ Can Elsevier save itself?], Michael Taylor, February 28, 2012.
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* [http://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/research-work-act-dead-what-next/ Research Work Act Dead — What Next?], John Baez, February 28, 2012.
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* [http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2012/02/28/librarians-fakeelsevier-boycott Academics must be applauded for making a stand by boycotting Elsevier. It’s time for librarians to join the conversation on the future of dissemination, but not join the boycott.], Dave Puplett, February 28, 2012.
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=== News aggregators ===
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* [http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3494340 Fields medalist Tim Gowers: Elsevier — my part in its downfall], Hacker News, January 21, 2012
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* [http://www.reddit.com/r/math/comments/oqirf/one_mathematicians_stance_against_elsevier/ One mathematician's stance against Elsevier], Reddit, January 22, 2012.
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* [http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3501561 The Cost of Knowledge: Researchers taking a stand against Elsevier], Hacker News, January 23, 2012.
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* [http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/01/27/1322234/scientists-organize-elsevier-boycott Scientists organize Elsevier boycott], Slashdot, January 27, 2012.
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* [http://www.metafilter.com/112178/Scientists-boycott-Elsevier Scientists boycott Elsevier], Metafilter, January 29, 2012.
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* [http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3534298 Elsevier Publishing Boycott Gathers Steam Among Academics], Hacker News, January 31, 2012.
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* [http://www.reddit.com/r/PhilosophyofScience/comments/p2e36/the_cost_of_knowledge_is_an_online_campaign/ The Cost of Knowledge is an online campaign encouraging scientists to boycott Elsevier journals and their high subscription prices. Should knowledge be free?], Reddit, January 30, 2012.
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* [http://www.reddit.com/r/math/comments/pepuo/thanks_to_angry_mathematicians_elseviers/ Thanks to angry mathematicians, Elsevier's publishing model might be about to go up in smoke], Reddit, February 7, 2012.
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* [http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/pv7tn/the_high_price_of_knowledge_should_journals/ The high price of knowledge - should journals charge authors high fees to publish? Is there any other way? Academic publisher Elsevier hit with growing boycott], Reddit, February 18, 2012.
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* [http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/02/27/2339215/publisher-pulls-supports-research-works-act-killed Publisher Pulls Supports; 'Research Works Act' Killed], Slashdot, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://www.metafilter.com/113298/RIP-RWA RIP RWA], Metafilter, February 28, 2012.
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=== Coverage by the media ===
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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.
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* [http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/01/28/elseviers-publishing-model-might-be-about-to-go-up-in-smoke/ Elsevier's Publishing Model Might be About to Go Up in Smoke], Tim Worstall, Forbes, January 28, 2012.
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* [http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/01/testify-the-open-science-movement-catches-fire/ Testify: The Open-Science Movement Catches Fire] David Dobbs, Wired, January 30, 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.
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* [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.
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* [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.
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* [http://www.thebookseller.com/news/academics-call-boycott-elsevier.html Academics call for boycott of Elsevier], Charlotte Williams, The Bookseller, January 31, 2012.
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* [http://chronicle.com/article/As-Journal-Boycott-Grows/130600/ As Journal Boycott Grows, Elsevier Defends Its Practices], Josh Fischman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 31, 2012.
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* [http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/01/researchers-boycott-publisher-will-they-embrace-instant-publishing.ars Researchers boycott publisher; will they embrace instant publishing?], John Timmer, Ars Technica, January 31, 2012.
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* [http://www.elmundo.es/elmundosalud/2012/01/30/noticias/1327952591.html Boicot científico a Elsevier], Cristina de Martos, El Mundo, January 31, 2012. (Spanish)
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* [http://nos.nl/op3/artikel/335992-elsevier-in-de-clinch-met-wetenschappers.html Elsevier in de clinch met wetenschappers], NOS News, January 31, 2012. (Dutch)
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* [http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/02/thousands-of-scientists-vow-to-b.html Thousands of Scientists Vow to Boycott Elsevier to Protest Journal Prices], Jop de Vrieze, Science Insider, February 1, 2012.
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* [http://www.mmm-online.com/elsevier-begins-outreach-as-push-back-on-publisher-threatens-to-widen/article/225855/ Elsevier begins outreach as push-back on publisher threatens to widen], Deborah Weinstein, Medical Marketing & Media, February 1, 2012.
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* [http://www.care2.com/causes/scientists-fight-for-open-access-for-their-research.html Scientists Fight For Open Access For Research], Kristina Chew, Care2, February 1, 2012.
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* [http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-01/samsung-csr-nfl-elsevier-motorola-intellectual-property.html Samsung, CSR, NFL, Elsevier, Motorola: Intellectual Property], Victoria Slind-Flor, Bloomberg, February 1, 2012.  (Brief mention only.)
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* [http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/the-breakfast-meeting-a-week-of-negative-ads-and-new-chief-at-sony/ The Breakfast Meeting: A Week of Negative Ads, and New Chief at Sony], Noam Cohen, New York Times, February 1, 2012.  (Brief mention only.)
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* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/feb/02/academics-boycott-publisher-elsevier Scientists sign petition to boycott academic publisher Elsevier], Alison Flood, the Guardian, February 2, 2012.
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* [http://blogues.cyberpresse.ca/sciences/2012/02/02/fronde-contre-les-revues-savantes-delsevier/ Étonnante fronde de chercheurs contre les revues savantes d’Elsevier], Jean-François Cliche, le Soleil, February 2, 2012. (French)
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* [http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/02/is-the-open-science-revolution-for-real/ Is the Open Science Revolution For Real?], David Dobbs, Wired, February 3, 2012.
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* [http://www.economist.com/node/21545974 The price of information], the Economist, February 4, 2012.
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* [http://archiv.twoday.net/stories/64967798/ Zum Elsevier-Boykott], Klaus Graf, Archivalia, February 5, 2012. (German)
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* [http://paidcontent.org/article/419-academics-revolt-against-elseviers-journal-pricing/ Academics Revolt Against Elsevier’s Journal Pricing], Robert Andrews, PaidContent, February 6, 2012.
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* [http://theconversation.edu.au/spread-the-word-scientists-are-tearing-down-publishers-walls-5098 Spread the word: scientists are tearing down publishers' walls], Alex Holcombe, the Conversation, February 7, 2012.
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* [http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/feb/07/heard-hill-university-senate-considering-boycottin/ Heard on the Hill: University Senate considering boycotting publisher Elsevier; newspaper readership program popular at other places, too; KUMC researcher mentioned in LA Times story on Alzheimer’s], Andy Hyland, LJWorld, February 7, 2012.
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* [http://hon.jp/news/modules/rsnavi/showarticle.php?id=3082 欧米圏で“学術の春”運動始まる、電子ジャーナル出版大手Elsevierに対し学者たちのボイコット運動が急拡大], editorial, hon.jp Daywatch, Feb 7, 2012. (Japanese)
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* [http://the-scientist.com/2012/02/07/occupy-elsevier/ Occupy Elsevier?], Bob Grant, the Scientist, February 7, 2012.
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* [http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/academics-boycott-publisher-elsevier/story-e6frgcjx-1226265110496?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAustralianHigherEducationNews+%28The+Australian+%7C+Higher+Education%29&utm_content=Google+Reader Academics boycott publisher Elsevier], Bernard Lane, the Australian, February 8, 2012.
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* [http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/02/wed-book-news-bezos-the-elsevier-boycott-and-more.html Wednesday book news: Bezos, the Elsevier boycott and more], Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2012.  (Brief mention only.)
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* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2012/feb/08/open-access-journals-elsvier-boycott Open access journals: are we asking the right questions?], Martin Paul Eve, the Guardian, February 8, 2012.
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* [http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/4370 The Academic Spring], Patrick O'Grady, Varsity, February 8, 2012.
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* [http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=418952 Elsevier defends stance on anti-open-access bill], John Gill, Times Higher Education, February 9, 2012.
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* [http://www.nature.com/news/elsevier-boycott-gathers-pace-1.10010 Elsevier boycott gathers pace], John Whitfield, Nature, February 9, 2012.
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* [http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/02/open-science-revolt-occupies-congress/ Open Science Revolt Occupies Congress], David Dobbs, Wired, February 9, 2012.
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* [http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/02/09/the-future-of-academic-publishing/ The future of academic publishing], Mike Taylor, the Independent, February 9, 2012.
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* [http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/issue/news/cambridge-professor-leads-boycott-of-elsevier-publications/ Cambridge Professor leads boycott of Elsevier Publications], Emily Loud, the Cambridge Student Online, February 9, 2012.
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* [http://www.utimes.pitt.edu/?p=19679 Protest launched against journal publisher], Kimberly Barlow, University Times, February 9, 2012.
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* [http://jeps.efpsa.org/blog/2012/02/10/a-revolution-in-scientific-publishing/ A revolution in scientific publishing?], Sina Scherer, JEPS Bulletin, February 10, 2012.
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* [http://libraries.mit.edu/sites/news/elsevier-boycott-grows/7785/ Elsevier Boycott Grows: MIT Faculty Speak About Participation], Ellen Duranceau, MIT Libraries News, February 10, 2012.
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* [http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/ciencia/1046769-cientistas-boicotam-a-maior-editora-de-periodicos-do-mundo.shtml Cientistas boicotam a maior editora de periódicos do mundo], Sabine Righetti, Folha, February 10, 2012.  (Portugese)
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* [http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2012/02/12/why-scientists-are-boycotting-publisher/9sCpDEP7BkkX1INfakn3NL/story.html Why scientists are boycotting a publisher], Gareth Cook, the Boston Globe, February 12, 2012.
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** [http://bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2012/02/16/elsevier-committed-universal-access-content-sustainable-publishing-model/70QfCpSOvy0IUibSK6eCTL/story.html Elsevier committed to universal access to content, sustainable publishing model], Lynne Herndon (former CEO of Cell press), letter to the editor, the Boston Globe, February 16, 2012.
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*** [http://quomodocumque.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/elseviers-sorry-defense-of-the-research-works-act/ Elsevier’s sorry defense of the Research Works Act], Jordan Ellenberg, February 16, 2012.
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* [http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/The-Cost-of-Knowledge-Versus-Elsevier--Signatures-and-Growing-80575.asp The Cost of Knowledge Versus Elsevier: 5,600 Signatures and Growing], Robin Peek, Information Today, February 13, 2012.
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* [http://www.pourlascience.fr/ewb_pages/a/actualite-la-fronde-des-chercheurs-contre-i-elsevier-i-29118.php La fronde des chercheurs contre Elsevier], Maurice Mashaal, Pour la Science, February 13, 2012.
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* [http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21467-web-freedoms-fuel-academic-spring-journal-protest.html Web freedoms fuel 'academic spring' journal protest], Jacob Aron, New Scientist, February 13, 2012.
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* [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/science/researchers-boycott-elsevier-journal-publisher.html Mathematicians Organize Boycott of a Publisher], Thomas Lin, New York Times, February 13, 2012.
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* [http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/02/science-uprising Science Uprising], Julia Whitty, Mother Jones, February 13, 2012.
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* [http://www.kansan.com/news/2012/feb/13/professors-boycott/ Professors boycott prominent publishing company], Kelsey Cipolla, The University Daily Kansan, February 13, 2012.
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* [http://www.purdueexponent.org/opinion/editorials/article_a6e96c79-5c95-54b8-bf85-eca8de6bb3db.html Monopoly on research publishing is unethical], Editorial, The Exponent, February 14, 2012.
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* [http://today.duke.edu/2012/02/elsevierboycott Duke Scholars Join Boycott Against Elsevier], Ashley Yeager, Duke Today, February 14, 2012.
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* [https://theconversation.edu.au/academics-line-up-to-boycott-worlds-biggest-journal-publisher-5384 Academics line up to boycott world’s biggest journal publisher], Justin Norrie, the Conversation, February 15, 2012.
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* [http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2494fbc4-5873-11e1-9f28-00144feabdc0.html Reed chief hits back at critics of division], Salamander Davoudi, February 16, 2012.
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* [http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=419018 Occupy publishing], Timothy Gowers, Times Higher Education, February 16, 2012.
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* [http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/02/17/3433568.htm Academics boycott journal publisher], Eleanor Bell, ABC news, February 17, 2012.
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* [http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/feb/17/trouble-elsevier-leading-academic-publisher/ Trouble for Elsevier, the leading academic publisher], Rick Karr, On the media, NPR, February 17, 2012. (Audio)
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** [http://crookedtimber.org/2012/02/21/some-questions-for-elsevier/ Some questions for Elsevier], Harry Brighouse, Crooked Timber, February 21, 2012.
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* [http://blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au/thecommonroom/index.php/theaustralian/comments/journal_publishers_in_strife_and_in_denial/ Journal publishers: in strife and in denial], The common room blog, The Australian, February 20, 2012.
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* [http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/academics-join-world-fight-against-publisher-20120220-1tjk6.html Academics join world fight against publisher], Nicky Phillips, Sydney Morning Herald, February 21, 2012.
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* [http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2012/02/21/its-not-academic-how-publishers-are-squelching-science-communication/ It’s Not Academic: How Publishers Are Squelching Science Communication], Michael Taylor, Discover Magazine, February 21, 2012.
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* [http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/nhmrc-ceo-supports-elsevier-boycott-says-all-research-must-be-made-open-access/story-e6frgcjx-1226278163029 NHMRC CEO supports Elsevier boycott; says all research must be made open access], Julie Hare, The Australian, February 22, 2012.
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* [http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/02/elsevier-boycott-not-a-petition-but-a-declaration-of-independence/ Elsevier Boycott Not a Petition, But “A Declaration of Independence”], David Dobbs, Wired Magazine, February 22, 2012.
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* [http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/why-are-we-boycotting-elsevier Why Are We Boycotting Elsevier?], Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed, February 24, 2012.
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* [http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/02/27/science-elsevier-boycott.html Amid boycott, Elsevier backtracks on research bill], CBC news, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://chronicle.com/article/Legislation-to-Bar/130949/ Legislation to Bar Public-Access Requirement on Federal Research Is Dead], Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://www.newsday.com/opinion/positive-news-for-access-to-tax-funded-science-1.3562266 Positive news for access to tax-funded science], Editorial, Newsday, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://the-scientist.com/2012/02/28/elsevier-abandons-anti-open-access-bill/ Elsevier Abandons Anti-Open Access Bill], Bob Grant, The Scientist, February 28, 2012.
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* [http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2012/02/elsevier-announces-changes-to.html Elsevier vows to keep price of mathematics journals low], Jacob Aron, New Scientist, February 28, 2012.
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* [http://themoderatevoice.com/139813/elsevier-backed-publishing-bill-bites-the-dust-at-least-for-this-session/ Elsevier-Backed Publishing Bill Bites The Dust, At Least For This Session], Kathy Gill, The Moderate Voice, February 28, 2012.
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* [http://www.teleread.com/chris-meadows/academic-journal-publisher-elsevier-drops-support-of-research-works-act-in-response-to-boycott/ Academic journal publisher Elsevier drops support of Research Works Act in response to boycott], Chris Meadows, Teleread, February 28, 2012.
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* [http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/02/28/major-publisher-bends-under-pressure-frustrated-scholars A Significant Flinch], Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, February 28, 2012.
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=== Open letters to Elsevier ===
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* [http://math.berkeley.edu/~kirby/elsevier.html Letter to Elsevier], Rob Kirby, December 30, 1997.
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* [http://www.library.yale.edu/~llicense/ListArchives/0310/msg00048.html Call for Boycott of Cell Press Journals], Peter Walter and Keith Yamomoto, October 19, 2003.
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** [http://genomebiology.com/2003/4/10/spotlight-20031024-02 Researchers boycott Cell Press], Alison McCook, Genome Biology, October 24, 2003.
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* [http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~hal/jalg.html Journal of Algorithms editorial board resignation], December 13, 2003.
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* [http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/topology-letter.pdf Topology editorial board resignation letter], August 10, 2006.
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* [http://idiolect.org.uk/elsevier/docs/academics_openletter.pdf Arms fairs and academics], 138 signatories, February 28, 2007.
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* [http://idiolect.org.uk/notes/?p=643 An open letter to Elsevier and all those involved in the IEHG], Keith Halfacree, April 10, 2007.
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* [http://www.coar-repositories.org/news/coar-writes-open-letter-as-reaction-to-elseviers-practices/ Open Letter to Elsevier], Norbert Lossau, Chair of the Executive Board, Confederation of Open Access Repositories, February 6, 2012.
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* [https://plus.google.com/105282922684661032446/posts/WCZqgPVehmx Letter to Elsevier], Cynthia Parr, February 10, 2012.
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* [http://darwin.eeb.uconn.edu/uncommon-ground/2012/02/declining-elsevier.html Declining elsevier], Kent Holsinger, February 10, 2012.
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* [http://occamstypewriter.org/scurry/2012/02/12/an-open-letter-to-elsevier/ An Open Letter to Elsevier], Stephen Curry, February 12, 2012.
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* [http://svpow.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/a-response-to-one-elsevier-employee-and-an-open-letter-to-the-rest/ A response to one Elsevier employee, and an open letter to the rest], Matt Wedel, February 15, 2012.
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* [http://fakeelsevier.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/dear-elsevier-employees-with-love-from-fakeelsevier/ Dear Elsevier employees, with love, from @FakeElsevier], FakeElsevier, February 19, 2012.
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* [http://proteinsandwavefunctions.blogspot.com/2012/02/dear-elsevier.html Dear Elsevier], Jan Jensen, February 27, 2012.
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=== Responses by Elsevier ===
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* [http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/elsevier-my-part-in-its-downfall/#comment-14679 A response by David Clark at Elsevier], January 23, 2012.
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* [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/intro.cws_home/elsevieropenletter An open letter to the research community: journal prices, discounts, and access], Elsevier, initially published Feb 6, 2012, then edited slightly on February 27, 2012. 
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** [http://bjoern.brembs.net/news.php?item.833.11 Against Own Assertion, Elsevier Doubled Price For Access], Bjorn Brembs, February 11, 2012.
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** [http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/elseviers-open-letter-point-by-point-and-some-further-arguments/ Elsevier’s open letter point by point, and some further arguments], Timothy Gowers, February 26, 2012.
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* [http://www.epjournal.net/blog/2012/02/elsevier-and-evolution-human-behavior/ Elsevier and Evolution & Human Behavior], Robert Kurzban (co-editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Evolution & Human Behavior), February 6, 2012.
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* [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/02/elseviers-alicia-wise-on-rwa-west-wing.html Elsevier’s Alicia Wise on the RWA, the West Wing, and Universal Access], Richard Poynder, February 9, 2012.
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* [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/intro.cws_home/newmessagerwa  Elsevier withdraws support for the Research Works Act], Elsevier, February 27, 2012.
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** [http://bjoern.brembs.net/news.php?item.840.11 Even Now The RWA Was Worth It For Elsevier], Bjorn Brembs, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/P11.cws_home/lettertothecommunity  A letter to the mathematics community], Elsevier, February 27, 2012.
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* [http://listserv.crl.edu/wa.exe?A2=LIBLICENSE-L;2ec80b73.1202 Elsevier withdraws support for the Research Works Act], Chrysanne Lowe, Vice President, Marketing Communications, Elsevier, February 27, 2012.
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=== Other coverage ===
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* [http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/prime-time-for-public-access.shtml Prime Time for Public Access], Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC, February 9, 2012.
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* [http://www.openaire.eu/en/news-a-events/news/343-elseviers-practices-opposing-open-access Elsevier’s practices opposing open access], Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe, February 16, 2012.
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* [http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/02/23/essay-open-access-scholarship Values and Scholarship], Joint letter by eleven research provosts, Inside Higher Ed, February 23, 2012.
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cost_of_Knowledge The wikipedia page] for this protest.
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See also [http://scienceblogs.com/confessions/2012/02/around_the_web_research_works.php this list of links], which is focused more around the Research Works Act, but also contains many links regarding the boycott, as well as [http://www.math.ntnu.no/~stacey/Mathforge/Math2.0 Math 2.0], a discussion forum for all topics related to the future of mathematical publishing.
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== Other pledges, boycotts, and petitions ==
 
== Other pledges, boycotts, and petitions ==

Revision as of 09:01, 28 February 2012

Credit: Michael Eisen

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

Main article: 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 Ávila, John Baez, Folkmar Bornemann, Danny Calegari, Henry Cohn, Ingrid Daubechies, Jordan Ellenberg, Matthew Emerton, Marie Farge, David Gabai, Timothy Gowers, Ben Green, Martin Grötschel, Michael Harris, Frédéric Hélein, 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.

See also the blog associated to the cost of knowledge site. A poster for the protest may be found here.

There have been numerous reactions to this protest from both traditional and new media.

Other pledges, boycotts, and petitions

Other blog posts, letters, and opinion pieces

Media

Other Information

Elsevier mathematics journals

This list is taken from here

(*) On February 27, 2012, Elsevier announced that the archives of these 14 journals, from 1995 to four years before the current date, would be made open access.

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

Data from libraries

Pricing data from libraries is often hard to come by (for instance, many bundling contracts come with confidentiality agreements). More links in this section would be greatly appreciated.