AI researchers call for boycott of paywalled journal

Over 2700 people around the world have signed the petition so far. has announced that Nature Machine Intelligence, scheduled for launch in 2019, will be a paywalled online journal. AI researchers are not happy and have called for a boycott.

In a statement, those supporting the boycott say:

Machine learning has been at the forefront of the movement for free and open access to research. For example, in 2001 the Editorial Board of the Machine Learning Journal resigned en masse to form a new zero-cost open access journal, the Journal of Machine Learning Research (JMLR). 

We see no role for closed access or author-fee publication in the future of machine learning research and believe the adoption of this new journal as an outlet of record for the machine learning community would be a retrograde step. In contrast, we would welcome new zero-cost open access journals and conferences in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The statement and list of signatories can be seen here.

Source: Futurism.