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Publisher defends practices in wake of boycott
A protest against Elsevier, the world's largest scientific journal publisher, is rapidly gaining momentum since it began as an irate blog post at the end of January. By last Tuesday evening, about 2,400 scholars had put their names to an online pledge not to publish or do any editorial work for the company's journals, including refereeing papers, writes Josh Fischman for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The boycott is growing so quickly – it had about 1,800 signers on Monday – that Elsevier officials last week broke their official silence to respond to protesters' accusations that they charge too much and support laws that will keep research findings bottled up behind a company paywall. “Over the past 10 years, our prices have been in the lowest quartile in the publishing industry,” said Alicia Wise, Elsevier's director of universal access.
Full report on The Chronicle site
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