Associate editor Winston Hide of the Elsevier magazine Genomics has resigned from the editorial board, stating “I can no longer work for a system that puts profit above access to research” and that publisher Elsevier effectively denies the developing world access to research findings.
Hide writes: “As associate editor at Genomics, I have managed, reviewed and edited many manuscripts. The majority now come from China. I do not know how accessible the Elsevier journal Genomics is in Chinese universities, but I do know that institutions worldwide pay significant and frequently insurmountable fees for bundled access to this, and the publisher’s other journals. It seems unfair to edit and review articles from scientists who will likely never see their work in the actual journal in which it is published.
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