by PhilipJ on 18 August 2006
Now there’s all the more reason to stop supporting Elsevier (besides their lack of open access to articles and draconian pricing schemes):
Reed Elsevier is a publishing company with an arms trade problem. While the bulk of their business is in scientific, medical and educational publishing, they also – through their subsidiaries Reed Exhibitions and Spearhead Exhibitions – organise arms fairs around the world. These include events in Brazil, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Singapore, and in the UK, one of largest arms fairs in the world, DSEi (Defence Systems and Equipment International), which is held bi-annually in London Docklands (next due September 2007).
The support of academics, educators and health professionals is vital to Reed Elsevier. We are the ones who write the papers that fill their journals. We review them, we edit them and then personally, or institutionally via our libraries, we buy them. Our unions and learned societies choose which publisher to deal with to publish their journals. Our pension schemes invest in their shares. If we make clear to Elsevier that their involvement with the arms trade is not acceptable, they will have to change.
(Via Three-Toed Sloth)