But the firm's backtrack on the RWA isn't enough for professors such as Michigan State University's David Solomon, who says his institution is at the financial mercy of companies like Elsevier.
"Increases in journal subscription costs over the years is what this boycott is really about. It is decimating our research libraries," said Mr. Solomon, an honored professor of medicine. "Libraries have no choice but to pay the subscription prices for these journals. In some cases, our library needs specific journals for our graduate programs to stay accredited. Publishers know that, and often take advantage."