December 1, 2015

NPR's "On the Media" Discusses Scholarly Publishing and Elsevier Boycott

Segment Title: Trouble for Elsevier, the Leading Academic Publisher

Program: On the Media (WNYC)

The segment runs about seven minutes.

Late last month, a Cambridge Mathematician wrote a blog post that launched a massive boycott of the largest publisher of academic journals in the world. The boycott, now more than 6,000 academics strong, has ignited a discussion over the cost of, and access to, information published by academics. Rick Karr reports on rising discontent with the current academic publishing model.

The report features comments from:

  • James Neal, Columbia University
  • Timothy Gowers, Cambridge University
  • Tyler Neylon, Creator of
  • Heather Joseph, SPARC
  • Alicia Wise, Elsevier

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