26 July 2012, by Mari Elken
While the debate on open access is not new, the topic gained momentum earlier this year when Tim Gowers, a renowned Cambridge mathematician, wrote a blog entry about Elsevier and the practices of pricing and peer reviewing. Quickly picked up by a number of publications, including The Economist, Gowers' writing prompted a heated campaign and boycott against the publisher by academics world wide. More than 12,000 academics signed a petition to boycot all journals by Elsevier on the The Cost of Knowledge website and many prominent newspapers gave the topic a lot of coverage. However, as long as academia is dependent on reputation and publication indexes in high ranked journals, demand will continue.