Several UCLA faculty have signed The Cost of Knowledge, a pledge not to support any journal published by Reed Elsevier unless the company changes its academic publishing practices. As of this morning, more than 4,400 people have signed the pledge.
The pledge grew out of a blog post by Timothy Gowers, a Fields Medal-winning mathematician at the University of Cambridge. In that post, he stated that he would not submit or referee papers for any Elsevier journals or serve on any of its editorial boards until the company changed its practices of charging high prices, bundling titles, being difficult to negotiate price with, and supporting legislation like SOPA and the Research Works Act.
UCLA mathematician Terence Tao commented on the pledge on his blog.