The Great Brain Robbery
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  • gooch mango

    Since the research isn’t very good, why would I care what they charge? Just ignore it, and laugh at those who cite it. Problem solved.

  • Anonymous Academic

    *Tenured* academics who want the results of their research to reach a broader audience can freely do the things you described, such as writing op-eds, blog posts, etc. In many disciplines, this type of activity is highly frowned upon and is harmful to the careers of those who do it. Given that more and more academics are not tenured, the number of academics who can actually speak to the public without punishment is relatively small.

  • Jbird

    in my academic career undergrad through Masters, I found JSTOR to be invaluable. The amount of time the service saves through search features and the access to the number of journals is a service well worth the money, in my opinion. Now, the value of the research itself is an entirely different question. But, when your professor requires at least 5 sources in a paper, you have to find them somewhere.

  • WigWag

    The problem Professor Mead mentions in this post is much less of an issue in the world of biomedical research.

    The Pub Med system is the search engine of choice to find articles published on biomedical research. It is free and easily available to anyone including the general public. Of course it is maintained by the National Library of medicine which is a constituent of the NIH. Taxpayers foot the bill; it is truly a worthwhile expenditure for a great resource. Google Scholar is also worth a look.

    In the biomedical research world, investigators are now routinely required as a condition of their NIH grants to provide raw, deidentified (to protect privacy) data supporting their publications to a new data base maintained by the National Library of Medicine. Again, it’s online and free to anyone who wants to take a look.

    Finally, NIH, NSF and many private agencies are now requiring grant recipients to publish data on a variety of databases put together to aggregate data on different subjects. For example, there is a database (available for free) called dpgap that includes the gene sequences for all newly discovered genetic regions untangled with NIH funds.

    Perhaps the rest of the academic world can learn from their colleagues who do biomedical research.

  • ari

    The article and comments here are
    good ones. I would add that if you
    go through lists of journal articles every
    month you will find that most are sub-par
    quality, not interesting, or repeating
    already stated material that can be viewed
    in previously published material. The solution is higher standards, less professors and universities and more quality, not quantity.

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