My first post on open access has to do with the Elsevier journals. They are (in)famously known for their extremely high restrictiveness. However, I believe that they are changing. In mid December 2014, I was informed that Elsevier was providing 30 (that’s right, 30*) accounts for wikipedians for ScienceDirect journals. These were divided into 10 for Health and Life Sciences, 10 for Social and Behavioral Sciences, and 10 for Physical Sciences. I placed my request as number 39, but luckily for me, I was around the eighth requesting Physical Sciences access. I got a spot, and soon will get my access to Elsevier! This shows that Elsevier is becoming less restrictive, as they are providing accounts without making people pay! This is a major development for them, and I hope this trend continues with more free access, and more restrictive publishers following Elsevier’s lead.
* Note: When Elsevier allowed 30 accounts, JSTOR allowed 500 (one of which I got), so even though this is a major improvement, there is still a lot of room for improvement.