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There have been [[The cost of knowledge|numerous reactions to this protest from both traditional and new media]].
 
There have been [[The cost of knowledge|numerous reactions to this protest from both traditional and new media]].
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== Open Access journals ==
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* These lists are taken from the [http://www.doaj.org/ Directory of Open Access Journals] (limited to peer-reviewed journals).
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** Perhaps someone could spell out or cut/paste the DOAJ lists below, like the Elsevier list.
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* In [http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpid=58&uiLanguage=en mathematics]
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* In [http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpid=59&uiLanguage=en statistics]
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* In [http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpid=114&uiLanguage=en computer science], e.g.
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** [http://www.jair.org/ Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research]
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** [http://www.lmcs-online.org Logical Methods in Computer Science]
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** [http://jmlr.csail.mit.edu/ Journal of Machine Learning Research]
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** [http://theoryofcomputing.org/ Theory of Computing]
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** [http://www.jucs.org/ Journal of Universal Computer Science]
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** [http://cjtcs.cs.uchicago.edu/ Chicago Journal of Theoretical Computer Science]
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** [http://jcgt.org Journal of Computer Graphics Techniques]
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* In [http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpid=49&uiLanguage=en physics], e.g.
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** [http://prx.aps.org/ Physical Review X]
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** [http://iopscience.iop.org/1367-2630/ The New Journal of Physics]
  
 
== Other pledges, boycotts, and petitions ==
 
== Other pledges, boycotts, and petitions ==
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** [http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jan/27/academic-publishers-enemies-science-wrong Branding academic publishers 'enemies of science' is offensive and wrong], Graham Taylor, January 27, 2011.
 
** [http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jan/27/academic-publishers-enemies-science-wrong Branding academic publishers 'enemies of science' is offensive and wrong], Graham Taylor, January 27, 2011.
 
** [http://nelh.blogspot.com/2012/02/elsevier-double-dipping-and-nhs.html Elsevier, double-dipping, and the NHS], Ben Toth, February 11, 2012.
 
** [http://nelh.blogspot.com/2012/02/elsevier-double-dipping-and-nhs.html Elsevier, double-dipping, and the NHS], Ben Toth, February 11, 2012.
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* [http://mathoverflow.net/questions/64982/publishing-journals-articles-without-transferring-copyright Publishing journals articles without transferring copyright], Math Overflow, May 14, 2011.
 
* [http://www.dcscience.net/?p=4873 Open access, peer review, grants and other academic conundrums], DC's improbable science, December 16, 2011.
 
* [http://www.dcscience.net/?p=4873 Open access, peer review, grants and other academic conundrums], DC's improbable science, December 16, 2011.
 
* [http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=873 Nature’s shiny sounding copout on open access], Michael Eisen, January 26, 2012.
 
* [http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=873 Nature’s shiny sounding copout on open access], Michael Eisen, January 26, 2012.
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* [http://the-scientist.com/2012/03/19/opinion-academic-publishing-is-broken/ Opinion: Academic Publishing Is Broken], Michael Taylor, The Scientist, March 19, 2012.
 
* [http://the-scientist.com/2012/03/19/opinion-academic-publishing-is-broken/ Opinion: Academic Publishing Is Broken], Michael Taylor, The Scientist, March 19, 2012.
 
* [http://www.economist.com/node/21552574 Open sesame: When research is funded by the taxpayer or by charities, the results should be available to all without charge], editorial, the Economist, April 14, 2012.
 
* [http://www.economist.com/node/21552574 Open sesame: When research is funded by the taxpayer or by charities, the results should be available to all without charge], editorial, the Economist, April 14, 2012.
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* [http://crookedtimber.org/2012/04/23/harvard-library-pushes-open-access/ Harvard Library pushes open access], Henry Farrell, April 23, 2012.
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* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/apr/24/harvard-university-journal-publishers-prices Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices], Ian Sample, the Guardian, April 24, 2012.
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** [http://www.lemonde.fr/sciences/article/2012/04/25/harvard-rejoint-les-universitaires-pour-un-boycott-des-editeurs_1691125_1650684.html Harvard rejoint les universitaires pour un boycott des éditeurs], Anna Benjamin, Le Monde, April 25, 2012 (French).
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* [http://techland.time.com/2012/04/26/if-harvard-cant-afford-academic-journal-subscriptions-maybe-its-time-for-an-open-access-model/ If Harvard Can't Afford Academic Journal Subscriptions, Maybe It's Time for an Open Access Model], Keith Wagstaff, Time, April 26, 2012.
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* [http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/journals-too-expensive-go-open-access-harvard-decree/story-e6frgcjx-1226339169404 Journals too expensive, go open access: Harvard decree], Julie Hare, The Australian, April 27, 2012.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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** [http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4398178/Reciprocal%20Space%20Files/002-BR-ElsevierNegotiations-2011.pdf Reed Elsevier, Bringing down the house – Why Elsevier is vulnerable in its upcoming Big Deal negotiations], Bernstein Research, March 29, 2011.
 
** [http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4398178/Reciprocal%20Space%20Files/002-BR-ElsevierNegotiations-2011.pdf Reed Elsevier, Bringing down the house – Why Elsevier is vulnerable in its upcoming Big Deal negotiations], Bernstein Research, March 29, 2011.
 
** [http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4398178/Reciprocal%20Space%20Files/003-BR-ReedCostofKnowledge-2012.pdf Occupy Elsevier], Bernstein Research, February 6, 2012.
 
** [http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4398178/Reciprocal%20Space%20Files/003-BR-ReedCostofKnowledge-2012.pdf Occupy Elsevier], Bernstein Research, February 6, 2012.
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** [http://cdn.anonfiles.com/1334923359479.pdf Reed Elsevier: Is Elsevier Heading for a Political Train-Wreck?], Bernstein Research, April 20 2012.
 
** [https://plus.google.com/117663015413546257905/posts/1xRiEyWnipc Noise around boycott against Elsevier offers short term trading opportunity], Exane Paribas, February 7, 2012.
 
** [https://plus.google.com/117663015413546257905/posts/1xRiEyWnipc Noise around boycott against Elsevier offers short term trading opportunity], Exane Paribas, February 7, 2012.
 
*** [http://cameronneylon.net/blog/a-tale-of-two-analysts/ A tale of two analysts], Cameron Neylon, February 15, 2012.
 
*** [http://cameronneylon.net/blog/a-tale-of-two-analysts/ A tale of two analysts], Cameron Neylon, February 15, 2012.
 
** [http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/929869/000095012311023614/u10507e20vf.htm Reed Elsevier's 2012 annual report (form 20-F) filing with the SEC]
 
** [http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/929869/000095012311023614/u10507e20vf.htm Reed Elsevier's 2012 annual report (form 20-F) filing with the SEC]
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** [http://www.thestreet.com/story/11560589/1/ruk-the-maturing-threat-of-open-access.html RUK: The Maturing Threat of Open Access], Jared Woodward, The Street, May 30, 2012.
  
 
* '''On the Federal Research Public Access Act''' (FRPAA)
 
* '''On the Federal Research Public Access Act''' (FRPAA)
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** [http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/sharif_paper.pdf "Cooperative, Compact Algorithms for Randomized Algorithms"], Rohollah Mosallahnezhad, Appl. Math. Comput. (2007) was a computer-generated article accepted by this journal (using [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCIgen Scigen]), and subsequently removed by the editors.
 
** [http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/sharif_paper.pdf "Cooperative, Compact Algorithms for Randomized Algorithms"], Rohollah Mosallahnezhad, Appl. Math. Comput. (2007) was a computer-generated article accepted by this journal (using [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCIgen Scigen]), and subsequently removed by the editors.
 
* [http://www.journals.elsevier.com/applied-mathematics-letters/ Applied Mathematics Letters]
 
* [http://www.journals.elsevier.com/applied-mathematics-letters/ Applied Mathematics Letters]
** [http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/applied-mathematics-letters-posts-apology-for-retracting-intelligent-design-friendly-paper/ Applied Mathematics Letters posts apology for retracting Intelligent Design-friendly paper], Retraction Watch, 13 June 2011.  
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** [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S089396591000265X For the origin of new geometry], S. Kalimuthu, Applied Mathematics Letters, Volume 23, Issue 12, December 2010, Pages 1451–1453.
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** [http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/faked-data-unsubstantiated-claims-and-spirituality-add-up-to-a-math-journal-retraction/ Faked data, unsubstantiated claims, and spirituality add up to a math journal retraction], Retraction Watch, March 15, 2011.
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** [http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/more-on-applied-mathematical-letters-journal-retracted-paper-questioning-second-law-of-thermodynamics/ More on Applied Mathematics Letters: Journal retracted paper questioning second law of thermodynamics], Retraction Watch, March 16, 2011.
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** [http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/applied-mathematics-letters-posts-apology-for-retracting-intelligent-design-friendly-paper/ Applied Mathematics Letters posts apology for retracting Intelligent Design-friendly paper], Retraction Watch, June 13, 2011.  
 
** [http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=416514&c=1 Second thoughts result in payout], Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 16 June 2011.
 
** [http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=416514&c=1 Second thoughts result in payout], Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 16 June 2011.
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/apnum Applied Numerical Mathematics]
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/apnum Applied Numerical Mathematics]
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* [http://www.journals.elsevier.com/computers-and-mathematics-with-applications Computers & Mathematics with Applications]  
 
* [http://www.journals.elsevier.com/computers-and-mathematics-with-applications Computers & Mathematics with Applications]  
 
** [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0898122109005070 A computer application in mathematics], M. Sivasubramanian, S. Kalimuthu, in Computers and Mathematics with Applications, vol. 59 (2010) pp. 296-297.  (This article is discussed in [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 this blog post] on the IMU mathematics journal blog, and is also available [http://www.math.hkbu.edu.hk/~ttang/newspaper/funnyarticle11.pdf here].)
 
** [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0898122109005070 A computer application in mathematics], M. Sivasubramanian, S. Kalimuthu, in Computers and Mathematics with Applications, vol. 59 (2010) pp. 296-297.  (This article is discussed in [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 this blog post] on the IMU mathematics journal blog, and is also available [http://www.math.hkbu.edu.hk/~ttang/newspaper/funnyarticle11.pdf here].)
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*** The article [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0898122112003008 was retracted] on April 11, 2012, on the grounds that the paper "contains no scientific content and was accepted because of an administrative error".
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*** [http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/math-paper-retracted-because-it-contains-no-scientific-content/ Math paper retracted because it “contains no scientific content”], Retraction Watch, April 17, 2012.
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** The 2005 article "Global estimates for the Jacobians of orientation preserving mappings" was (after a protracted dispute) [http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1665278.1665342 retracted] due to the misrepresentation of Tadeusz Iwaniec as an author of the article.
 
** The editorial board [http://about.elsevier.com/pdf/LetterFromEditor.pdf was replaced in 2012].
 
** The editorial board [http://about.elsevier.com/pdf/LetterFromEditor.pdf was replaced in 2012].
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/conengprac Control Engineering Practice]
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/conengprac Control Engineering Practice]
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* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/laa Linear Algebra and its Applications] (*)
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/laa Linear Algebra and its Applications] (*)
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/mcm Mathematical and Computer Modelling]  
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/mcm Mathematical and Computer Modelling]  
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** [http://www.journals.elsevier.com/mathematical-and-computer-modelling/ Due to an editorial restructuring, Mathematical and Computer Modelling is not accepting any new papers at the moment.]
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/mbs Mathematical Biosciences]
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/mbs Mathematical Biosciences]
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/mss Mathematical Social Science]
 
* [http://www.elsevier.com/locate/mss Mathematical Social Science]
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(*) On February 27, 2012, [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/P11.cws_home/lettertothecommunity Elsevier announced] that the archives of these 14 journals, from 1995 to four years before the current date, would be made open access.
 
(*) On February 27, 2012, [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/P11.cws_home/lettertothecommunity 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 [http://www.doaj.org/ 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.
 
 
* In [http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpid=58&uiLanguage=en mathematics]
 
 
* In [http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpid=59&uiLanguage=en statistics]
 
 
* In [http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpid=114&uiLanguage=en computer science], e.g.
 
** [http://www.jair.org/ Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research]
 
** [http://www.lmcs-online.org Logical Methods in Computer Science]
 
** [http://jmlr.csail.mit.edu/ Journal of Machine Learning Research]
 
** [http://theoryofcomputing.org/ Theory of Computing]
 
** [http://www.jucs.org/ Journal of Universal Computer Science]
 
** [http://cjtcs.cs.uchicago.edu/ Chicago Journal of Theoretical Computer Science]
 
 
* In [http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpid=49&uiLanguage=en physics], e.g.
 
** [http://prx.aps.org/ Physical Review X]
 
** [http://iopscience.iop.org/1367-2630/ The New Journal of Physics]
 
  
 
== Mathematics journal price tables ==
 
== Mathematics journal price tables ==
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* [http://www.bibliothek.kit.edu/cms/english/most-expensive-journals%20.php Here is a list of the 10 most expensive journals subscribed to by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology] as of 2010/2011.  8 of the 10 are published by Elsevier.
 
* [http://www.bibliothek.kit.edu/cms/english/most-expensive-journals%20.php Here is a list of the 10 most expensive journals subscribed to by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology] as of 2010/2011.  8 of the 10 are published by Elsevier.
 
* [http://libraries.mit.edu/sites/scholarly/mit-open-access/open-access-at-mit/mit-open-access-policy/publishers-and-the-mit-faculty-open-access-policy/elsevier-fact-sheet/ Elsevier Fact Sheet], MIT libraries.  MIT avoids bundling in order to obtain flexibility in its subscriptions, but pays Elsevier almost $2 million/year for its journals.
 
* [http://libraries.mit.edu/sites/scholarly/mit-open-access/open-access-at-mit/mit-open-access-policy/publishers-and-the-mit-faculty-open-access-policy/elsevier-fact-sheet/ Elsevier Fact Sheet], MIT libraries.  MIT avoids bundling in order to obtain flexibility in its subscriptions, but pays Elsevier almost $2 million/year for its journals.
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** [http://web.mit.edu/fnl/volume/244/holton.html New Open Access Working Group Formed:
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Formulating Response to Elsevier's Policy Change], Richard Holton, MIT Faculty Newsletter, April 2012.
 
* [http://www.purdueexponent.org/campus/article_19f1031d-0396-5b21-870a-c7f9f6ca91bc.html According to this news article], Purdue pays Elsevier $2.3 million/year for digital access to its journals, with price increases of approximately 5 percent per year.
 
* [http://www.purdueexponent.org/campus/article_19f1031d-0396-5b21-870a-c7f9f6ca91bc.html According to this news article], Purdue pays Elsevier $2.3 million/year for digital access to its journals, with price increases of approximately 5 percent per year.
 
* [https://becker.wustl.edu/about/news/elsevier-boycott-and-its-relationship-wusm The Elsevier Boycott and its relationship to WUSM].  Some data on the bundling arrangements Elsevier has with the Becker medical library at the Washington University of St. Louis.  About 29% of the $3.5 million annual budget of this library goes toward Elsevier journals and services.
 
* [https://becker.wustl.edu/about/news/elsevier-boycott-and-its-relationship-wusm The Elsevier Boycott and its relationship to WUSM].  Some data on the bundling arrangements Elsevier has with the Becker medical library at the Washington University of St. Louis.  About 29% of the $3.5 million annual budget of this library goes toward Elsevier journals and services.
 
* The [http://www.econ.ucsb.edu/~tedb/Journals/BundleContracts.html Bundle Contract Project] seeks to collect bundling contracts from commercial publishers.
 
* The [http://www.econ.ucsb.edu/~tedb/Journals/BundleContracts.html Bundle Contract Project] seeks to collect bundling contracts from commercial publishers.
 
* [http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/mm11sp-bergstrom.pdf Watching your cards in The Big Deal], slides by Ted Bergstrom for the ARL meeting in Montreal, May 3, 2011.
 
* [http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/mm11sp-bergstrom.pdf Watching your cards in The Big Deal], slides by Ted Bergstrom for the ARL meeting in Montreal, May 3, 2011.
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* [http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k77982&tabgroupid=icb.tabgroup143448 Faculty Advisory Council Memorandum on Journal Pricing: Major Periodical Subscriptions Cannot Be Sustained], Harvard Library Faculty Advisory Council, April 17, 2012.  The council reports that $3.75 million is spent annually on commercial journal bundles.

Latest revision as of 17:31, 10 April 2013

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.


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.

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.


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.

Formulating Response to Elsevier's Policy Change], Richard Holton, MIT Faculty Newsletter, April 2012.