I expect you’ve already heard about the Elsevier boycott, started based on comments from Timothy Gowers. While he focused on his own discipline (mathematics), the boycott site now has people broken down by subject. On 1 Feb, there were 2700+ signatories, including 600+ mathematicians (but only 15 statisticians). There have been a couple of articles about this in the Chronicle of Higher Education: here and here.
I signed the boycott, and will refuse to review papers for Evilsevier journals, and will try to steer my coauthors away from them. (I certainly wouldn’t send my own papers to such journals, but it’s hard to control papers on which I am one lowly author among many.)
Most important to me is that the journals are expensive and publishing companies are reaping an enormous profit. The former head of the library at UW-Madison mentioned recently that they spend $4 million per year on electronic resources (books and journals), and that they are “struggling to pay that Elsevier bill”.
I looked back at my reviews of journal articles in 2011. I did 23. They were for:
- Various BMC journals (open access but mostly crappy)
- European Journal of Human Genetics (ESHG; published by Nature)
- Genes, Brain and Behavior (IBANGS; published by Wiley)
- Genetics (GSA)
- Genome (National Research Council of Canada)
- Genome Research (Cold Spring Harbor)
- Journal of Applied Genetics (Springer)
- Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference (Elsevier!)
- Journal of Statistical Software (ASA)
- Nature Protocols
- Various PLoS journals (open access)
I did okay. I am down on Springer and Wiley, too, in spite of the fact that I published a book with Springer (and I like many of their books), but most of the above are society or open-access journals and there’s just one Elsevier journal.
In the list of mathematics/statistics journals published by Elsevier, I only recognize Computational Statistics & Data Analysis and Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference. Genomics and Trends in Genetics are their only genetics journals that I recognize, but I didn’t look so closely. [I later realized that the American Journal of Human Genetics is published by Elsevier; that’s a big one.]
- Molecular Ecology (Wiley)
- Neuro-Oncology (SNO; published by Oxford UP)
- Physiological Genomics (APS)
- Mammalian Genome (IMGS; published by Springer)
- Bioinformatics (ISCB; published by Oxford UP)
So, again, I did okay.