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UC terminates Elsevier subscription citing unstable fees and irreconcilable differences in approach to open research.

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  1. vakieh Link
    I cannot tell you how many dollars my institutions have spent putting my stuff into the Elsevier black hole, nor how much other institutions have had to pay to get my stuff out of it, but a napkin...

    I cannot tell you how many dollars my institutions have spent putting my stuff into the Elsevier black hole, nor how much other institutions have had to pay to get my stuff out of it, but a napkin calculation puts it above AU$50k if every citation was a one-off purchase - and I only recently moved from industry to academia. Some people above me in my current faculty could easily (EASILY) hit the $million mark.

    Of course, I also make a beeline for LibGen & SciHub as soon as my papers pass peer review.

    There was a Reddit comment that put it best - public grants fund public research by public funded employees of public funded institutions... who pay public money to a private company who then turns around and asks public institutions to pay said private company more public money to obtain said public research.

    Fuck Elsevier, fuck Springer, fuck Macmillan, fuck Wiley, and fuck T&F. Responsible for holding back humanity, it's a rare dishonour.

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