Peter Murray-Rust writes:
'It would be very disquieting to find that any University or any public body responsible for libraries actually invested in Elsevier. That would imply a conflict between trying to reduce journal prices and benefitting from having higher ones. I am therefore asking my current University to confirm that they do not invest in Elsevier.
This is easy to do.
Visit http://whatdotheyknow.com and type a brief letter (such as the one below). The University is required to respond within 20 working days. Anyone can do this (you don’t have to be a UK citizen AFAIK and you don’t have to have any connection with the institution
To: [YOUR INSTITUTION]
Subject: Freedom of Information request – Investments in Elsevier
I would like to know if the University or any of its subsidiary companies have any investment in Elsevier (Reed Elsevier PLC/N.V.), and if so how much.
I would urge readers of this blog to copy my action and ask other Universities to confirm that they do not invest in this way.
This type of action will also help to keep the momentum of the [http://thecostofknowledge.com/] boycott.'