Friday, January 27, 2012

Elsevier, CSF, and John Baez latest

Slashdot reports on the infamous Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (CSF) publisher:

The academic publisher Elsevier has attracted controversy for its high prices, the practice of bundling journals for sale to libraries and its support for legislation such as SOPA and the Research Works Act. Fields medal-winning mathematician Tim Gowers decided to go public with a blog post describing how he'll no longer have anything to do with Elsevier journals, and suggesting that a public website where mathematicians and scientists could register their support for an Elsevier boycott would further the cause. Such a website now exists, with hundreds of academics signing-up so far. John Baez has a nice write-up of the problem and possible solutions.

CSF was founded by Mohamed El Naschie, and he was the Editor-in-Chief, until he became too much of an embarrassment for Elsevier. Baez, at the link above, alludes vaguely to "the Chaos, Solitons and Fractals fiasco" but omits any mention of his own cowardice in Mohamed El Naschie's successful legal intimidation of him.

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  1. Terry Tao's take on this: