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I know about the Open Access movement.  

I submit pigs will demonstrate aerodynamic capabilities before Elsevier joins it.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Jul 15th, 2007 at 05:06:17 AM EST
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Academics don't have to publish in Elsevier journals, or referee or edit them.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 15th, 2007 at 05:10:55 AM EST
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Elsevier will not join it (obviously), it's the authors who will leave Elsevier.

In my field, here is what happened to one of the leading journals published by Elsevier:


Crisis in the cost of journals

Publishers of scientific journals today actually impede the flow of information rather than enable it.   -- Jeff Ullman

... I strongly commend you on your courage... ToC will give many more researchers a reason to mount a boycott against for-profit journals. -- Don Knuth, greeting the launch of the Theory of Computing

On October 25, 2003, Don Knuth sent a 14-page letter to the Board of Editors of the Journal of Algorithms. Pointing out the "turmoil in the world of scholarly publishing,"Knuth analysed the economics of periodicals in theoretical computer science. Knuth's letter precipitated the dramatic resignation of the entire editorial board of the Journal of Algorithms over the pricing policies of its publisher, Elsevier, and created a new, society-owned journal, ACM Transactions on Algorithms. (See  here for more on this). [...]

It will take some time, but there's a longer list of Open Access journals every day so more choice for authors.

by Laurent GUERBY on Sun Jul 15th, 2007 at 05:18:50 AM EST
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Statistics on OAI in french social sciences show spectacular growth in the past three years:


- Cairn http://www.cairn.info/accueil.php?PG=START

2006 : 16 251 enregistrements

2007 : 27 580 enregistrements

- Persée http://www.persee.fr/index.do

2005 : 12 262 enregistrements

2006 : 55 881 enregistrements

2007 : 84 313 enregistrements

- Revues.org http://www.revues.org/

2005 : 10 005 enregistrements

2006 : 16 228 enregistrements

2007 : 22 361 enregistrements

Il s'agit là d'une formidable croissance de l'ensemble des portails, dont on ne peut que se féliciter. Les particularités disciplinaires et techniques de chacun pourraient être commentées, pour affiner l'analyse. Mais, en l'état, les valeurs brutes présentent une information de base.

[... (more stats for smaller repositories follow and see comments too)]

by Laurent GUERBY on Sun Jul 15th, 2007 at 07:50:26 AM EST
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