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Timothy Gowers posted on Google+,

Although it happened about a month ago, I’ve only just heard that John Ball can be added to the list of current and former Presidents of the International Mathematical Union who have signed the Cost of Knowledge boycott. He had to resign from editorships of three Elsevier journals to do so.
While I’m on this kind of topic, there are under two days left to sign the White House open access petition. Although it’s reached 25,000 signatures and will therefore get an official response, it is still the case that the more signatures it gets the better.

Here are the two relevant links.!/petition/require-free-access-over-internet-scientific-journal-articles-arising-taxpayer-funded-research/wDX82FLQ


Today, June 2, 2012, the number of signatures have reached 24,000! Only 1000 signatures are needed to reach the target before June 19, 2012.

Make it happen! Sign the petition here.

According to Timothy Gowers:
“After a very good start, the rate of signatures to the open access petition at the White House has slowed down to the point where, unless it speeds up again, the target of 25,000 will not obviously be reached, and ceratinly not surpassed by miles — which was the hope. There have been just over 100 signatures since the beginning of today (which, by my calculations, means eight hours ago in Washington DC). If you haven’t signed, then, unless you disagree with the petition, please take the short time needed to do so. And if you have, how about spreading the word?”

According to Terence Tao:
“More signatories already than the Elsevier boycott, but still only about 75% of the minimum target (with 20 days remaining).”

Sign the petition here.

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Update 4th June 2012. The petition has now passed 25,000 signatures. It would still be great to push on and reach a significantly higher number by the June 19th deadline.

As you may know, there is a system in the US for setting up online petitions. Any petition that reaches 25,000 signatures in 30 days will be considered by White House staff. Recently, a petition was set up asking the Obama administration to require publications resulting from research paid for by the US taxpayer to be freely available. If such a requirement were to be put in place, it would be a huge boost to the campaign to make all academic research easily accessible.

It became possible to sign the petition last Monday, since when there have been (as I write) 14,303 signatures, well over half the number required. Even if the rate of signing goes down, the target of…

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