What is the big bad publisher Elsevier doing now?

1) Selling blank pages. 

That's right: some of their articles, costing $30 to access, consist solely of one blank page!  You can see one here:

https://twitter.com/fxcoudert/status/521675319322112000

It's a paper called 'Verified synthesis of zeolitic materials'.  Just a blank page.

When these pages were discovered, Elsevier deleted them.  That's sort of weird in itself: deleting nothingness so people can't see it.

2) Exempting themselves from their own copyright agreements. 

You can pay them to make your papers open-access.  In return you get a Creative Commons copyright which says nobody can charge money for them. 

But if you read the fine print, which is hidden somewhere else, you'll see that Elsevier excludes itself from this restriction! 

This lets them charge money for open-access papers.  Read the story here:

http://www.laurenbcollister.com/well-well-look-whos-at-it-again/

3) Letting editors publish hundreds of their own papers in journals they edit. 

You may remember the case of a physicist who did this in the Elsevier journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals.  

But now a medical researcher named Johnny Matson has been caught publishing hundreds of his own papers in two Elsevier journals he edits: Research in Developmental Disabilities and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

That means nobody can really trust these papers to have been properly refereed!  And this matters more for autism than for theoretical physics.  Nobody will get sick from a bad theory about fractal spacetime.

Check out the story here:

http://deevybee.blogspot.com/2015/02/journals-without-editors-what-is-going.html

and join the Elsevier boycott if you haven't yet:

http://thecostofknowledge.com/
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