Another editorial board has just resigned en masse from an Elsevier journal -- not in maths unfortunately, but it would be great if this form of protest could catch on. One thing I like about it is that they are resigning not because of any particularly egregious sin by Elsevier, but just because they've finally had enough of Elsevier's business model, which Elsevier are understandably unwilling to change.
Elsevier has a typically weaselly reply:
We regret that the editors of Lingua have chosen to step down from the journal. The editors will continue in their role for the remainder of this year, after which editorial responsibility will pass to a new team. We will continue our work to maintain Lingua’s high standards into the future. Lingua is widely available to the academic community. It has a range of open access options and is also included in the Research for Life initiatives, enabling access for researchers worldwide. We appreciate the editors’ work on the journal over the years and wish them well.
To those who are considering helping Elsevier to maintain Lingua's high standards, Stefan Müller, from the Free University of Berlin, has this to say:
You may be flattered by the offer of Elsevier but think twice: the good reputation of the journal was built by researchers like us. This reputation is now transferred to the new journal. If you work for Elsevier you are basically doing harm to your community and you will not profit from the reputation of the journal since it is gone now and Elsevier as such has a rather bad reputation because of the ways in which they act commercially and in terms of copyrights …. I would not hire anybody who did something like that and I would object in any search committee I am involved in.
Another choice paragraph concerns the money that the managing editor will have to give up when they move to a new, open access platform.
By quitting his position, Rooryck will give up his current compensation from Elsevier, which he said is about 5,000 euros (about $5,500) a year. He said the pay is minimal for the two to three days a week he works on the journal. "I would be better off going to flip burgers in that time," he said.