[Irtalk] The Spectroscope - The Subscription Publisher is Inherently Anti-Science

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 15:25:21 SAST 2015

There has been a lot of chatter over the past year about predatory open
access publishers. The concern is that the pay-to-publish model
incentivizes journals to publish as much as possible of anything, correct
or not. The concern is misguided (see here). However, what I want to focus
on is the even more misguided notion that the subscription publisher's
business model is aligned with the interests of science and scientists.

*In addition to the many moral and practical arguments for open access, it
turns out that the paywall itself creates a stunningly perverse
anti-science system.*

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