Came across this via the satirical twitter-stream http://twitter.com/#!/FakeElsevier – in part the argument is very much along the lines on CargoCult Science I wrote last year (i.e. https://cistronic.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/free-science-no-more-cargo-cult/)
Admittedly, this is my first attempt at reblogging … let’s see how this works out.
P.S.: See the comments for additional info …
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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