Elsevier Boycott Not a Petition, But “A Declaration of Independence”

So says computer programmer and sauropod fan  Mike Taylor in a particularly rich rallying cry at Discover’s “The Crux” blog. The ongoing boycott of academic-publishing giant Elsevier — almost 7000 researchers and counting — writes Bristol, [has] sometimes been described as a petition, but isn’t trying to persuade Elsevier to do something. It’s a declaration of independence. […]

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Open Science Revolt Occupies Congress

The open-science revolt, catalyzed just a few weeks ago as a reaction to publisher Elsevier’s backing of a clumsy bill introduced to the U.S. .Congress, now has a champion in that Congress, Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat of Pennsylvania, who has introduced legislation to encourage open access to government-sponsored science. It’s notable that this bill, the Federal […]

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Is the Open Science Revolution For Real?

Monty Python’s rebels ponder all they must replace if they kill the Romans The researcher rebellion against the closed research-and-publishing system, tallied most explicitly in a petition boycotting publisher Elsevier, continues to expand. (The Economist covers it here, and I covered the complaints last year in a feature.) The big question, of course, is whether this noisy riot will engender something […]

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