Elsevier: The beginning of the end?
May 07, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Nassif Ghoussoub muses on the Elsevier boycott and the rising numbers of mathematicians and other academics turning instead to free and open online publication. "I wish more academic editors of Elsevier journals would, and let’s face it, the campaign would have led to reform more quickly, had many of the editorial boards proceeded to resign, or only threaten to resign en masse." Still - there are signs things are changing. I will be speaking at the Learneds in Waterloo in a few weeks at the Canadian Association of Learned Journals conference - if journal publishers are willing to listen to me, then it's either a sign of the apocalypse, or a sign that thinsg are really changing.

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