A couple of quick things about publishing.
First, some good news. The court case between Nature and its reporter Quirin Schiermeier, on one side, and Mohamed El Naschie, the editor of the dodgy Elsevier journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, on the other, has been resolved in favour of free speech. Nature’s report is here.
Also, on SymOmega, Gordon Royle has proposed an alternative to Tim Gowers’ pledge, one which appeals to me far more than the Elsevier boycott did. Gordon has made the following statement:
I will not publish in, referee for, or join the editorial board of any journal that requires direct payment from authors (or their universities/grants) as a prerequisite for the publication of a specific paper.
All my life I have, at heart, accepted this principle, even if I never went as far as stating it publicly. Maybe now is the time …