Elsevier Boycott

Elsevier is a major publisher of academic journals. It appears that the rough way they treat the academic community has started to backfire. See this blog entry in the Computational Complexity site (via Boundless vanity…). The comments below the main entry are where the meaty information is.

I found this interesting in light of my confabulations (like in my entry titled Academic publishers and DRM) regarding a possible future for academic publishing in which the role of “publisher” is considerably reduced. This boycott against Elsevier could be the first sign of a general reduction of the power wielded by publishing companies and a redefinition of their role in the publishing process.

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