Journal Boycott Over Online Access Is a Bust

Jeffrey R. Young, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, May 21, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

More than 30,000 academics signed on, but a much publicized boycott of expensive academic journals seems to have produced little in the way of changed behaviours, according to this article. So the promoters of the project, the Public Library of Science, are launching a series of new journals to take the place of the established journals. Now this article makes it look like the new journals are a response to the lack of participation, but they have been planned all along. You can verify this for yourself using the [Research] link in the HTML version of OLDaily - follow the 'Academic Publications' category and read the related article 'Returning Scientific Publishing to Scientists' (I should probably include a link here but I'm trying to show readers how the associative [Research] tool works).
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