Timothy Gowers, a mathematician at Cambridge University, wrote a blog post outlining the reasons for his longstanding boycott of research journals published by Elsevier. This firm, based in the Netherlands, owns more than 2,000 journals, including Cell and the Lancet.
Dr. Gowers, who won the Fields medal, mathematics’s equivalent of a Nobel prize, in 1998, is not happy with it, and he hoped his post might embolden others to do something similar.
It did. More than 2,700 researchers have so far signed an online pledge set up by Tyler Neylon, a fellow-mathematician inspired by Dr Gowers’s post, promising not to submit their work to Elsevier’s journals, or to referee or edit papers appearing in them.
TBT, The Economist, Feb 2012 (reposted)