More US opposition to for-profit publishers

U Cal scientists say not to Elsevier while U Arizona invests in open access

Some 31 serious scientists at the University of California urge journal giant Elsevier to renew negotiations with the university.  Very serious scientists, including Nobel Prize winner  Elizabeth Blackburn, are ending editorial work on Elsevier’s Cell Press journals, “pending the signing of a new contract with UC.”

Negotiations failed, in part over the university network’s demand that articles by its academics be open access.

In Arizona, the state university is extending the purpose of its Open Access Investment Fund. Instead of only paying costs for its academics in pay to publish journals it will now fund open-publication infrastructure and switching peer-reviewed subscription journals to OA.


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