Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Note: UC and its campuses are members of the APLU.

APLU Statement on Resignation of Lingua’s Editors & Editorial Board Members in Protest of Elsevier’s Pricing Policies
November 2, 2015

Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McPherson today released the following statement regarding the resignation of all the editors and editorial board members of the linguistics journal, Lingua, over Elsevier’s pricing policies.

“APLU appreciates the decision of the editors and editorial board members of Elsevier’s journal, Lingua, to resign and form a new publication intended to disseminate scholarly work at a lower cost. It is time to further test less expensive modes for scholarly communication.

“Electronic publication now enables preparation, distribution, access, and archiving of articles at a fraction of the cost of the comparable print publications of earlier times.  However, the subscription costs to university libraries of many major journals do not reflect these reduced costs.  Indeed, many subscription costs have gone up much faster than inflation.

“As publishers have merged and become more powerful, universities are often paying more for publishers’ mark-ups.  The federal government makes massive investments in researchers, staff, and facilities to advance knowledge; publishers do not.  Universities similarly make big investments in research. University faculty generally are the authors, editors, and reviewers of the articles coming out of that research. To get their articles published, faculty usually must transfer significant copyrights to the publishers. Then the publishers sell back to the universities the very content they as a group produced, and at steadily higher subscription prices. The system is fundamentally broken..."

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