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Petition to Cambridge University Press, Reed-Elsevier Group, Springer Publishing Company, John Wiley & Sons Publishing company, Taylor & Francis Group, SAGE Publications Publishing company, Oxford University Press, Thomson Reuters, Walter de Gruyter Company, McGraw Hill Education, Princeton University Press, Palgrave Macmillan Publishing company, Brill publishers, University of Hawaii Press, University of Chicago Press, Cornell University Press, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, Yale University Press, Indiana University Press, Columbia University Press, Duke University Press, Harvard University Press, SUNY press, Australian National University Press, University of Washington Press, University of Michigan Press, Amsterdam University Press, University of Illinois Press, Melbourne University Publishing, Monash University Publishing, Sydney University Press, University of Adelaide Press, University of New South Wales Press, University of Queensland Press, Presses Universitaires de France (PUF), Presses Universitaires de Rennes (PUR), European University Press, EBSCO Publishing, JSTOR , ScienceDirect , Web of Science, Association of American University Presses, Association of University Presses

Peer Review Boycott of Academic Publications that Censor Content in China

In recent weeks, the prestigious academic publishing house Cambridge University Press came under unprecedented pressure from the Chinese government to restrict access in China to hundreds of articles and book reviews and thousands of e-books in two of its flagship Chinese and Asian studies journals, China Quarterly and The Journal of Asian Studies. While Cambridge University Press initially agreed to censor articles in China Quarterly, it reversed that decision after outcry from the international academic community. Meanwhile, in the wake of the Chinese government's increasing efforts to tighten controls on academic institutions, other international academic publishers have admitted to quietly censoring their content in order to gain access to Chinese markets, and at least one database company, LexisNexis, pulled two of its products from China after pressure from authorities. As members of the international academic community, we confirm the fundamental value of academic freedom, which should override – in every instance – consideration of governments' demands or market access. We also confirm the right of our colleagues who are citizens of China to unfettered access to international scholarship in all fields. Academic publications are sustained through the social contract they enter into with their authors as well as with the larger academic community. That academic community provides the free peer review service and unpaid contributions of authors that uphold the integrity of publications' brands. As such, academic publications should honor their commitment to broadly disseminate the knowledge they produce without acceding to governments' demands. While we acknowledge that it can be difficult to discern which publications or their holding companies are censoring in China, we call for a peer review boycott of any non-PRC-based academic publication known to be censoring its content in the People's Republic of China. From now on, we will not agree to provide peer review service until editors confirm that their publications do not censor content in the PRC, and we call on all others to do so as well. With a large number of signatories, we can send a strong message to major academic publishers and/or their holding companies. This petition will be sent to the five major publishing companies that control over half of international peer-reviewed academic work (Reed-Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis and Sage); to all the major university presses in Asian studies in the U.S., Europe and Australia; as well as to the major academic databases (like LexisNexis and Web of Science) NOTE: To display your name on the website for maximum impact, when you sign, please leave the box checked for 'Display my name and comment on this petition,' and type in your academic affiliation, along with any comments you have, in the box for 'Reason for signing'. Your name will be included in the final downloaded list, but only if you add a comment to 'Reason for signing' will your name be displayed on the web page.

Charlene Makley
1,005 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Carolyn Maloney, Bill de Blasio, Maurice Greenberg

Fund Bronx People not China "Panda Mills"

The Bronx has a median income of less than $35,000 and majority of Bronx residents relied on food pantries and lack nutritious foods.  Yet Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and her Billionaire's Club, Former A.I.G Chairman Maurice R. Greenberg and Gristedes Owner John A. Catsimatidis, are raising over 50 Million for a Panda exhibit in the Bronx Zoo.   "The 50 millions fund you are raising for a Panda exhibit in the Bronx just promotes captivity of wild animals. The safest place for a wild animal is in his/her own habitat Not to mention you are leasing these pandas from China breeding facility that are not more than "panda mills" that used these pandas for money and international distraction form their own human rights violations. There is undercover footage of pandas abused in China's panda breeding facility." Congresswoman Maloney invoked "after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, it's about time to have something happy,".  She stated that pandas are deeply personal for her since one of her daughters once aspired to become a panda scientist.   For her whims,  she used her Congressional office as bully pulpit to get support to lease pandas from China and exhibit them.  In 2014, A senior official at the conservation society wrote in an email to City Hall "I think a statement saying that we appreciate her passion. but we are not interested in pandas....., Clearly she doesn't hear it when we say it..." Congresswoman Maloney even said she envisioned a bamboo forest upstate as a food supply for the pandas.  If only she would envisioned a nutritious food supply for the people in the Bronx Sign this petition to stop our borough used for the whim of Congresswoman Maloney which only supports China and their animal abuse and does nothing for us in the Bronx.    

58 supporters