My letter to an Elsevier journal
I just declined to referee a paper for an Elsevier journal. Here's the letter I sent to the editor.
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Thanks for thinking of me. I'm sorry to say that I must decline.
I have signed the "CostOfKnowledge" pledge not to referee for Elsevier. http://thecostofknowledge.com/
But that statement is not as specific as I wish to be. I will not referee for Elsevier as long as it opposes the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) and university policies to assure open access to their research output.
For more details on FRPAA, see the page at the Harvard Open Access Project.http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/hoap/Notes_on_the_Federal_Research_Public_Access_Act
For more on Elsevier's opposition to FRPAA, see the March 5 open letter it signed with a group of other publishers.http://www.publishers.org/_attachments/docs/library/aap%20-%20dc%20principles%20letter%20frpaa%20senate.pdf
For more on Elsevier's opposition to university OA mandates, see Elsevier's own article posting policies ("Therefore, deposit in, or posting to, subject-oriented or centralized repositories..., or institutional repositories with systematic posting mandates is permitted only under specific agreements between Elsevier and the repository, agency or institution....")http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/authorsview.authors/postingpolicy
I don't want to hurt the [journal] or the authors of this submission. But I will not donate my time and labor to a publisher working against the interests of research and researchers.
Please feel free to share this email with any of your colleagues at [journal] and Elsevier.
Director, Harvard Open Access Project
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Research Professor of Philosophy, Earlham College
Senior Researcher, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalitiongplus.to/petersuber
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