The January, 31, 2012 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the growing protest against Elsevier, the world’s largest scientific journal publisher. Apparently, it all started with a rant on a blog post at the end of January. The post was by Timonth Gowers, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University. He suggested it would be a good idea to have a website where mathematicians who had decided not to contribute to Elsevier journals could electronically sign their names. A week later and there are over 2744 signatories. The website is called Cost of Knowledge.
The protest is in part due to the fact that Elsevier is supporting the proposed Research Works Act in the US which would effectively lock down access to academic writing and end the Open Access Movement.
Librarians have complained for years about the high prices that journal publishers charge but now the suppliers of the material are fighting back! Academics write the articles, review them all free of charge and then have to buy back their own material and now some of them are saying enough.
Read the Chronicle Article here: http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/130600/