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Bill for Access to Federally Funded Research Opposed By For-profit Journals

As I [wrote](http://bit.ly/wBfY6U) back in January, the publishing companies were starting to gear up their lobbying efforts to fight any threat to their hegemony over access to research results. Well, Eighty-one publishers expressed their *strong* opposition to legislation that would free up research results of federally funded research. Continue reading Bill for Access to Federally Funded Research Opposed By For-profit Journals

Call to boycott Elsevier gaining steam

I have long been a critic of the [academic publishing industry](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/25/british-libraries-are-prepared-to-forgo-elsevier-and-wiley-big-deal-subs-if-terms-not-right/) and the increasing costs for getting, mainly, publicly funded research out to peer-review and the wider scholarly community. And to be sure, there is more malaise in the total system than just the publishers. There is also the push to “publish or die” and the growing pressure to “publish and engage with the digital world.” But a recent call by a very accomplished academic at Cambridge has lit a fire in the heather, and there is a line of villagers armed with pitchforks heading up to the Elsevier castle. Continue reading Call to boycott Elsevier gaining steam