Stephen E. Arnold: Elsevier Suffers Another Blow – Dutch Universities Start Full Boycott

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Viva The Academic Publisher Boycott!

Elsevier is one of the largest and most well-known scientific journal database, but it is also the most notorious for its expensive subscription fee and universities are getting tired of it.  Univers reports that “Dutch Universities Start Their Elsevier Boycott.”  The Netherlands, led by state secretary Sander Dekker, want all scientific content to be free online.  In order to be published, the university or financier pays to be so.  All content by Dutch scientists will hopefully be open access by 2024.

In the meantime, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands has asked all Dutch scientists that work with Elsevier to resign from their positions.  As to be expected, some are willing and others are more reluctant.  The goal is to pressure Elsevier to change its practices.

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Aug 1

Yoda: Dr. Steven Green on Disclosure — The Big Picture, Names Names, Near-Term Possibilities

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Think, we can.

The Untold History Behind Disclosure

  • Find out the real story about Disclosure from the “Father” of the Disclosure movement: Dr. Steven GreerThese 4 hours include the following and much more.

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Jul 25

Jean Lievens: The End of Capitalism Has Begun

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The end of capitalism has begun

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian

Paul Mason in The Guardian

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Jul 19

Sepp Hasslberger: Peer Review Does Not Work

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Peer review, instead of helping science stay on track, is actually retarding real progress.

The peer review drugs don’t work

EXTRACT

Peer review is anti-innovatory because it is a process that depends on approval by exponents of the current orthodoxy.   . . .   Perhaps the biggest argument against the peer review of completed studies is that it simply isn’t needed. With the World Wide Web everything can be published, and the world can decide what’s important and what isn’t. This proposition strikes terror into many hearts, but with so much poor-quality science published what do we have to lose?

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Jul 15