Don’t get me wrong. Elsevier isn’t the only publisher infamous for publishing fake research, fake journals and generally trying to extract super-profits from academics. But today it has shot itself in the face in spectacular fashion.
It has forced the removal of an academic paper on academica.edu who then said “Academia.edu is committed to enabling the transition to a world where there is open access to academic literature. Elsevier takes a different view, and is currently upping the ante in its opposition to academics sharing their own papers online.” (my italics)
I don’t think you need me to paraphrase, but why not, it’s so much fun? “We, Elsevier, are a bunch of stupid dinosaurs wearing King Canute clothing.” I wish I could draw a cartoon of that.
And let’s not forget, a huge bulk of this research has already been paid for by taxpayers.
Now for some history.
Elsevier and Merck Published Fake Journals – Merck paid an undisclosed sum to Elsevier to produce several volumes of a publication that had the look of a peer-reviewed medical journal, but contained only reprinted or summarized articles–most of which presented data favorable to Merck products.
Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, and Sage all accepted bogus science papers – One paper was so bad that a science review said, “I thought it was a joke.”
Elsevier admits it publishes 6 fake journals – Journals sponsored by pharmaceutical companies pretending to look like medical journals: Australasian Journal of Neurology, Australasian Journal of Cardiology, Australasian Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, Australasian Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, Australasian Journal of Bone & Joint [Medicine]
Now for some good news: Lots of scientists have pledged they will not publish with Elsevier, referee for Elsevier, or do editorial work for Elsevier.
Good. I now make my own pledge I will continue to do whatever I can to support Elsevier shooting itself in the face!