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Sunday, March 28, 2004

"An alarm bell is ringing..."

Charles Burress, The staggering price of world's best research, San Francisco Chronicle, March 28, 2004. Excerpt: "An alarm bell is ringing in the ivory tower. Something's gone terribly wrong, frustrated scholars say, when scientific journals cost as much as new cars and diamond rings. Critics are complaining with growing intensity that the most important advances in human knowledge -- the new research and discoveries of top universities -- have been in effect seized and are being held for ransom by commercial publishers." Burress surveys recent large-scale university cancellations of Elsevier titles, OA initiatives like PLoS, and the Elsevier response.