Unfortunately it’s true
Why are scientists like me getting so worked up over Elsevier and other journal publishers? It must seem strange from the outside. This cartoon explains it very clearly. It’s hilarious—except that it’s TRUE!!! This is why we need a revolution.
(It’s true except for one small thing: in math and physics, Elsevier and Springer let us put our papers on our websites and free electronic archives… though not the final version, only the near-final draft. This is a concession we had to fight for.)
What can you do? Two easy things:
• If you’re an academic, add your name to the boycott of Elsevier.
• If you’re a US citizen, sign this White House petition before March 9.
Why the problem is hard
Why is it so hard it is to solve the journal problem? Here’s a quick simplified explanation for outsiders—people who don’t live in the world…
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