Academics are boycotting Elsevier's journals due to the "exorbitantly high prices for subscriptions to individuals"
in the light of these high prices, the only realistic option for many libraries is to agree to buy very large bundles, which will include many journals that those libraries do not actually want. Elsevier thus makes huge profits by exploiting the fact that some of their journals are essential.
The campaign also criticises Elsevier's support for measures such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), PIPA, and previously for the US Research Works Act, which it says are an attempt "restrict the free exchange of information". It points out that those acting as academic referees and sitting on the editorial board for this kind of journal do so free of charge, thereby providing volunteer labour, and that much research is partially funded by external institutions.
Over 17,000 academics have currently pledged to boycott the company.