Research by candle-light

It’s week two of Elsevier journals being absent from the University of California

The giant for-profit publisher pulled the plug after contract negotiations failed early this year over differing views on price and open access.

U Cal Davis is suggesting ways for researchers to cope, including a seven-day available-in-hours inter-library loan. This cannot be going doing well with researchers who believe journal articles and data in the Elsevier system are an essential utility, the intellectual equivalent of electricity.

When users neither know, nor care what content actually costs they do not take its absence well, or have much sympathy with OA arguments.


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