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Elsevier to leave the defence business

by PhilipJ on 4 June 2007

We’ve previously criticised Reed Elsevier for their lack of open access and draconian pricing schemes, but also because they are an arms trader. As such, this is very welcome news. From the press release:

Sir Crispin Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Reed Elsevier, said:

“Our defence shows are quality businesses which have performed well in recent years. Nonetheless, it has become increasingly clear that growing numbers of important customers and authors have very real concerns about our involvement in the defence exhibitions business.

“We have listened closely to these concerns and this has led us to conclude that the defence shows are no longer compatible with Reed Elsevier’s position as a leading publisher of scientific, medical, legal and business content.”

Now if only they’d address our concerns about their pricing schemes, too. Even so, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

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