April 9, 2012

Will academic journals change?

At the end of January I wrote a short post with the title "The bizarre world of academic journals", with a link to an article at The Atlantic.

Today The Guardian published an article "Academic spring: how an angry maths blog sparked a scientific revolution", which tells about Tim Gowers, a Maths professor at Cambridge University, who has sparked a widespread protest of the largest publisher of academic journals, Elsevier. This article, like the earlier piece in The Atlantic, takes a critical view of the business model that the academic publishers have relied on.

For those of us outside The Academy, the trend toward more accessible research papers is nothing but a good thing.

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