Wikipedia Founder Wants to Kill Research Paywalls
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  • Anthony

    Legitimate, quality research available to inquiring public can only be societal benefit – a better informed and knowledgeable citizenry inures to body politic.

  • Dimitry Papkov

    I see only one issue with this. How scientific journals will continue to finance themselves. Without those subscriptions they would need to find an alternative model. Maybe something like google 🙂

  • Jim.

    Academic journals will depend on the quality of their editing for income. You can spend a multitude of lifetimes studying everything that is published in a field like, say, history of technology. Editors will be paid to sift through the dross and bring to peoples’ attention the useful and interesting bits. To a great extent, journals like Nature do this already.

    Academic journals need to look to news aggregator sites for their new business model.

    As for the traditional model? Professors themselves are eager to poke holes in that, handing out copies of their papers for free to any interested students or fellow researchers.

    Both the customers and the suppliers for the current model are not well served by it. There are alternatives that would serve far better. This industry is ripe for change.

  • I hope this works. It will be a boon to independent scholars.

  • Come to think of it, didn’t a few of my tax dollars go to finance some of this research? At this point I can’t even access the articles I wrote myself.

  • pst314

    “journalists combing through the free online databases are going to have a field day exposing the turgid prose and inane ideas of the various academic hacks who have managed to snaffle a government grant.”

    It will be trivially easy to find, since in many fields turgid [garbage] is completely mainstream.

  • Corlyss

    “to put all research articles backed by government funding in a free, online database accessible to anyone with an internet connection.”

    Well, if the new government data base is no more searchable than, say, GAO’s exceedingly valuable data base of reports and rulings, they needn’t bother. The government’s idea of a valid search tool is the venerable card catalog in which searching on phrases is impossible and you better know who wrote it or what the title of the document is or you’re [in trouble].

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