The Elsevier boycott: journals that marine scientists may want to avoid

So, you may or may not have heard about the plans of many academics (3000 at last count) to boycott journals published by Elsevier. The grounds for doing so were mentioned in this article by the Guardian; the most important passage is copied out below:

The “Cost of Knowledge” petition claims Elsevier charges “exorbitantly high” prices for its journals and criticises its practice of selling journals in “bundles” so libraries “must buy a large set with many unwanted journals, or none at all”. It says the publisher makes “huge profits by exploiting their essential titles, at the expense of other journals”.

The petition also criticises Elsevier’s support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), PIPA and the US Research Works Act, which it says are an attempt to “restrict the free exchange of information”.

As the Guardian article discusses, Elsevier have disputed some of these claims. However, if you are a marine scientist and still support the boycott  you may want to know which journals to avoid submitting your work to. Words in mOcean has done a painstaking search (well, 5 minutes of trawling through the Elsevier website) and come up with a list of marine science related titles that they publish* (you’re welcome):

Continental Shelf Research

Deep Sea Research Parts I & II

Journal of Marine Systems

Oceanographic Literature Review

Progress in Oceanography

Marine and Petroleum Geology

Marine Chemistry

Marine Environmental Research

Marine Genomics

Marine Geology

Marine Micropaleontology

Marine Policy

Marine Pollution Bulletin

Marine Structures

*Words in mOcean think Elsevier are just great and would certainly never endorse a boycott of such an upstanding member of the academic publishing world


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