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February 27, 2012
"The American people deserve to have access to research for which they have paid. This conversation needs to continue and we have come to the conclusion that the Research Works Act has exhausted the useful role it can play in the debate. As such, we want Americans concerned about access to research and other participants in this debate to know we will not be taking legislative action on HR 3699, the Research Works Act."
February 27, 2012
By:
Mike Masnick, TechDirt
While it never got as much attention as the GoDaddy boycott, it appears the growing boycott of academics, refusing to publish papers in any Reed Elsevier journal, has caused the company to back down.
February 27, 2012

Earlier today, Elsevier issued a statement withdrawing its support of the Research Works Act (RWA), a bill designed to overturn the popular NIH Public Access Policy, and prohibit the adoption of similar policies by other federal agencies.

February 27, 2012
By:
Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The science-publishing giant Elsevier pulled its support on Monday from the controversial Research Works Act, hours before the bill's co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives declared the legislation dead.
February 27, 2012
By:
Elsevier B.V.
Elsevier writes to the Mathematics Community regarding changes to their pricing and access to specific journals.
February 27, 2012
By:
Elsevier B.V.
Elsevier issues a press release relinquishing their support for the Research Works Act.
February 27, 2012
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.
February 24, 2012
By:
Newsday Editorial
Imagine that your local government built a nice green park -- but when you tried to have a picnic, a private firm demanded payment for admission.
February 24, 2012

The undersigned organizations and institutions write to express our strong concerns with H.R. 3699, the Research Works Act, which has been referred to your Committee. This bill would impede public access to valuable research results from work funded by federal agencies.

February 23, 2012
By:
Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed article from 11 University Provosts supporting FRPAA and against Research Works Act.

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