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Down with Elsevier!

February 12, 2004

Cornell is dropping several hundred Elsevier subscriptions, a move that Elsevier (of course) is downplaying. Cornell’s deal with Elsevier is still costing them $1.7 million and consumes a fifth of the university’s total periodical budget. To me, that is still insane. Other universities are expected to follow suit, some cancelling Elsevier subscriptions altogether. I say, good for them. Elsevier has abused its monopoly on scientific journals for a long time, and is a prime reason the open source journal movement has really taken off. Shame on them for being so greedy–they deserve to lose customers, and money.
If you’re interested in how online and print publication prices have spiraled out of control, check out this recent article in the Charleston Advisor. The author writes: “[W]hen we buy journals which cost a lot, we should be able to expect that “a lot” translates into a figure that is not the same thing as “perfectly outrageous.” Good reading.

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