Re: Call for boycott of Springer Nature and Palgrave Macmillan, over China censorship

Benjamin, you are quite right to use this moment to raise awareness of more widespread forms of censorship which takes place in the variety of forms you mention and more.

In terms of actionable strategies, I think it's important to focus energies on specific instances of of censorship creep by Springer and other similar parties, especially when they have such high visibility. Each theatre of censorship, like Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Latin America, has its own particularities which require different (although related) lobbying tools and arguments.

Re: Call for boycott of Springer Nature and Palgrave Macmillan, over China censorship

Chinese government pressure on press, internet and academic media within their country is, without a doubt, a major inconvenience for scholars working within China, but is that outrage appropriate and a boycott the right way to go?

Re: Call for boycott of Springer Nature and Palgrave Macmillan, over China censorship

That's a great idea, Chuck. I would encourage anyone else to do the same at their annual meetings. I will be personally delivering paper copies of the Change.org petition to academic presses at the AAA and AAS.

Charlene

Re: Call for boycott of Springer Nature and Palgrave Macmillan, over China censorship

Don't miss these excellent commentaries on Springer's censorship, including by one of the British authors censored by Springer: 

Dude, where’s my paper? By Jonathan Sullivan. China Policy Institute: Analysis November 1, 2017. 
https://cpianalysis.org/2017/11/01/dude-wheres-my-paper/

Call for boycott of Springer Nature and Palgrave Macmillan, over China censorship

Members will remember that Cambridge University Press recently was in the news over a decision to accept censorship in China as a condition for selling "products" there.

After an international campaign, they reconsidered, and reversed the decision (see the related H-Asia thread).

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