January 23, 2022

Editor of an Elsevier Journal Resigns Over Open Access

From European Public Sector Information Platform:

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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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.