[Irtalk] Paying the Bills with Open Access | The Inquisitive Rockhopper

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Apr 8 10:58:20 SAST 2015

It all seems to boil down to a problem of externalities. To the funding
agency, publication costs are an externality. For libraries, open access
isn’t cost-effective until they can ditch the expensive subscriptions. For
established researchers, the costs of for-profit journal subscriptions are
an externality. Early-career researchers are pressured by the hiring/tenure
system to publish in the established, for-profit journals. *And finally,
the commercial publishers have a huge interest in making sure their
lucrative business remains intact, and will act to make the barrier to open
access [seem] as high and painful as possible.*


*​Also see:
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