Dear Elsevier Employees, With Love, From @FakeElsevier.

Came across this via the satirical twitter-stream!/FakeElsevier – in part the argument is very much along the lines on CargoCult Science I wrote last year (i.e.

Admittedly, this is my first attempt at reblogging … let’s see how this works out.

P.S.: See the comments for additional info …

The Real Fake Elsevier

An Open Letter.

A little background

As anyone who is reading this probably already knows, the publishing giant Elsevier has recently placed itself at the center of a shitstorm of animosity from the research community, thanks in part to its vocal (and financial) support of the Research Works Act (RWA). Currently, the National Institutes of Health mandate that the research products they fund with tax dollars must be made freely available to the public; the RWA would make such mandates illegal, enabling Elsevier to keep research papers resulting from taxpayer-funded research behind paywalls for as long as they like. There’s some douchey attempted subterfuge in the language of the bill about not locking up the research results themselves, but make no mistake: research papers are our output as researchers, and they are what makes up the scientific literature. While manipulating the legislative process for financial gain would be galling by itself…

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  1. #1 by cistronic on 2012/02/22 - 12:02

    A kind of reply / answer by elsevier I found in my inbox today:
    “The choice is yours – Open Access options at Elsevier”

  2. #2 by cistronic on 2012/03/01 - 15:35

    Just found this great little video on by Rich Apodaca which has several posts related to the topic, for example this one on “George Whitesides: The Concept of the Scientific Paper is Eroding Before Our Very Eyes”


  3. #3 by cistronic on 2012/03/14 - 11:06

    In the Scientist by Bob Grant: “Publishers Fight Open Access Bill –
    The Federal Research Public Access Act faces stiff opposition from the Association American of Publishers.”

  4. #4 by cistronic on 2012/03/16 - 10:56

    Timothy Gowers (Cambridge) started “The Cost of Knowledge” –

  5. #5 by cistronic on 2012/04/23 - 09:16

    Absurd “academic publishing racket” is past its sell-by date – referencing the above, but with a nice legal hack & twist.

  6. #6 by cistronic on 2012/04/23 - 10:29

    More than a step in the right direction or too little too late?
    “Elsevier Agrees UBC Researchers Can Text-Mine For Citizen Science, Research Tools”

  7. #7 by cistronic on 2012/04/23 - 10:39

    “All about open access in science”
    Curated by MyScienceWork on

    and “Advances in Open Access à la Nature Publishing Group”

  8. #8 by cistronic on 2012/05/16 - 23:13

    “I can no longer work for a system that puts profit over access to research
    The associate editor of Genomics says its publisher Elsevier effectively denies developing world access to research findings”

  9. #9 by cistronic on 2012/10/15 - 17:03

    On Science Publishing – by John Wilbanks, vice president of science at Creative Commons.

    “There’s arguably even greater benefit to digital knowledge transfer in science than digital cultural-object transfer. Paper-based knowledge-compression systems can yield to new systems in which narrative text is unconstrained by page lengths, in which protocols, side points, “failed” approaches, software, and data can be published, and research materials can be linked inline for easy ordering. We are creating systems in which the mantra of “rip, mix, and burn” doesn’t apply to music, but instead to knowledge.”

  10. #10 by cistronic on 2012/10/27 - 00:37

    What is open access? To the point animation by George Cham on PhD-comics :

  11. #11 by cistronic on 2012/11/07 - 14:52

    Open Acces explained – the aforementioned is also available on youTube:

  12. #12 by cistronic on 2012/11/15 - 21:33

    —The Upturned Microscope on Scientific publishing and Santa Claus – totally awesome comic strip!

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