The British writer, environmental activist, and sometime academic George Monbiot has taken on the publishers of scientific journals. Monbiot’s article in the August 30th issue of The Guardian, * with the amusing but unfortunately vague headline “Academic Publishers Make Murdoch Look Like a Socialist,” specifically attacks the publishers Elsevier and Springer. (Its subtitle is “Academic publishers charge vast fees to access research paid for by us. Down with the knowledge monopoly racketeers.”) Monbiot has had several intelligent responses, including one from Noah Gray, an editor of Nature.
* Or read the article on Monbiot’s personal webpage, where it has the title “The Lairds of Learning.”