Elsevier, academia.edu, and Berlin OA meeting

Illustration from Mike Taylor’s blog.

News from the open access front, Mike Taylor amongst others have drawn attention to Elsevier being busy shooting itself in the foot by issuing thousands of takedown notices to authors that had deposited manuscripts to the social network site Academia.edu. Of dubious practical value, the move has again drawn negative attention on the company, leading to renewed interest in joining the ongoing boycott.

The Cost of Knowledge boycott signatories. From John Baez’s Google+ feed.

Stephen Curry comments on this in a recent blog post, but also does an excellent job of summarizing the recent Berlin Open Access meeting, where many of the key players presented the current situation. I won’t try to summarize the same information here – just go and read his blog.

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