In a move by the editorial staff of Elsevier, a major publisher of many medical and scientific journals, the entire editorial staff revolted at the refusal of the company to allow open access to Lingua.
This could be an opening move to force Elsevier to open access to many of their journals which are supported by subscriptions. Many users can no longer afford the rising subscription fees to their journal catalog.
The open access model allows anyone, whether an academic or not, to read a journal online for free. Currently, most academic journals are funded by subscriber payments; with open access journals, the model is flipped around, with institutions paying to publish their papers
As Inside Higher Ed reports, the academics who have made Lingua into one of the top journals in its field through their editorial work all gave up their roles after telling Elsevier of the "frustrations of libraries reporting that they could not afford to subscribe to the journal and in some cases couldn't even figure out what it would cost to subscribe.".