Boycott costly journals?

Donald Forsdyke forsdyke at
Thu Nov 27 08:43:22 EST 2003

The following is reproduced from an evolutionary biology discussion group:
DRF Discussion Leader Bionet.journals.note
Dear all

>  Second, I encourage you to consider publishing in journals that are
>  marketed in such a way that they *are* affordable.

An additional means has been discussed at the Bonn University.
We know that discontinuing the receipt of those high priced
journals is not a way to force lower fees, because you exclude
yourself from the information. Thus, another way discussed
was not to act as referee for such journals/publishers.
Whether this is really a feasible way, I don't know.
But nevertheless I wanted to add this point for discussion.

Best wishes,
Heiko Schmidt

Heiko Schmidt
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