I had a lengthy conversation with Sweitze Roffel, who took over Chris Leonard's position as publishing editor of the Elsevier theory journals. Sweitze is quite aware of the negative perception of Elsevier in the theory community and wants to talk to the community about their concerns. So talk to him at conferences or send him email and tell him your concerns about Elsevier's policies. A couple of nuggets.
- Sweitze will move the offices for his journals from Amsterdam to New York to emphasize the global nature of Elsevier and be closer to editors.
- Elsevier has an arrangement with Microsoft's Academic Search but negotiations with Google Scholar are going slowly because of Google's "secretive" policies.
- Elsevier plans to give contributors (editors, referees, authors) access to their Scopus system. Elsevier also has their own free academic search site Scirus.
- The free access experiment of Information and Computation continues.
- Elsevier is exploring starting their own version of Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and also a Review journal.