Via a May 18 blog post by Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing:
Winston Hide is an associate professor of bioinformatics and computational biology at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was also — until recently — the associate editor of the prestigious (and expensive!) Elsevier journal Genomics. In a column in The Guardian, he explains why he resigned from Genomics: people are dying because scientists in poor companies can’t afford proprietary journals. He will devote his efforts to open access alternatives to Genomics from now on.
Here’s an excerpt from Winston Hide’s May 16 article in The Guardian:
Today I resigned from the editorial board of a well respected journal in my field – Genomics. No longer can I work for a system that provides solid profits for the publisher while effectively denying colleagues in developing countries access to research findings.
It has not been an easy decision. Some may feel that I’m grandstanding or making a futile gesture. And it may be a toxic career move. Scientists are expected to contribute to the community by reviewing papers and serving on editorial boards. But I cannot stand by any longer while access to scientific resources is restricted.
My work on biomedical research in developing countries has shown me that lack of access to current publications has a severe impact.
Read the entire article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/may/16/system-profit-access-research