The cost of knowledge

Very interesting discussion on the problems of publishers’ policy (Elsevier is the primary object here, but the same generally applies to many more).  The main objections are these (from the site ‘The Cost of Knowledge‘):

  1. They charge exorbitantly high prices for their journals.
  2. They sell journals in huge “bundles,” so libraries must buy a large set with many unwanted journals, or none at all. Elsevier thus makes huge profits by exploiting their essential titles, at the expense of other journals.
  3. They support measures such as SOPA, PIPA and the Research Works Act, that aim to restrict the free exchange of information.
Here are additional links:

Update: Elsevier boycott gathers pace



About Artem Novozhilov

I am an applied mathematician interested in studying various evolutionary processes by means of mathematical models. More on my professional activities can be found on my page
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1 Response to The cost of knowledge

  1. serhamilton says:

    Why don’t U like the Internet sites, where most of journals are freely available?

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