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Elsevier buckles

June 7th, 2007

Over at the RSMG blog, Nanni points out that Reed Elsevier will no longer host arms fairs. This has followed a long campaign by academics and others. The case raised a bunch of questions about boycotts. My general feeling was that moral suasion should be tried first, but that if that failed, boycotts should follow. It’s not clear whether the outcome was purely the product of suasion or whether increasingly loud noises about possible boycotts prompted Elsevier to move.

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  1. June 8th, 2007 at 18:57 | #1

    Frankly, I’m not sure that the commercial academic publishing business is any more ethical than running arms fairs.

    What a racket. You get your content generated for free (largely on the government’s money), and then the government has to pay whatever monopoly rent you choose to get access to it again.

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