Elsevier boycott RWA FRPAA and White House initiative Gold versus Green Publish contracts The Finch Report (UK)
Scholars pledge to boycott Elsevier As writers, editors and peer-reviewers 12,198 signers (as of 7/5/2012) Complaints: prices, bundling & support for RWA, SOPA Further steps: New OA mathematics journal (Tim Gowers) IMU looking at model publication contract for members.
Wanted to reverse NIH public access mandate Prevent similar policies @ federal research funders. Elsevier withdrew support in light of boycott. House sponsors withdrew bill within 2 hours. Who is making our laws?
FRPAA would expand NIH mandate to a dozen more federal agencies that fund research. Currently 34 sponsors in House, bipartisan. White House also considering action RFIs in January We the People petition got over 25,000 signers in 2 weeks. Still listening for a response.
Self-archiving is goal of many faculty authors and all campus OA policies Pub. contracts being revised to making self-archiving more confusing & difficult. ACS v. Elsevier Academic freedom?
Usually means author-pays But many gold OA journals do not change APCs eLife When publishers seem accepting of OA, they mean author-side fee support.
Issued in June & quickly endorsed by publishers groups in UK. Encourages embrace of transition to OA. Recommends funding for APCs (by universities – COPE?). Green recommendations focus on protecting publishers. Wants funders, universities & publishers to negotiate, work together. Counsels caution re. shortened embargo periods.