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Education Science

Start-Up Wants To Open Up Science Journals and Eliminate Paywalls 74

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-your-learning-on dept.
First time accepted submitter ryanferrell writes "Not even Harvard can afford to subscribe to every academic journal. For scientists at small institutions, lack of access to journals specific to one's narrow field can be painful. Individual articles can cost $30 to $50 each, which is paid out of personal or grant funds. The Boston Globe profiles a start-up that is piloting an 'iTunes' model with Nature Publishing Group and the University of Utah. In the pilot program, researchers pay nothing to download articles and their library foots a smaller bill for a la carte access from the publisher."
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Start-Up Wants To Open Up Science Journals and Eliminate Paywalls

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  • by csumpi (2258986) on Monday October 08, 2012 @05:53PM (#41590809)
    Since their endowment recently slipped to $30.7 billion. [bostonglobe.com]

    Or is it possible that they are simply not interested in subscribing to everything?
  • plos.org (Score:5, Informative)

    by rueger (210566) * on Monday October 08, 2012 @06:01PM (#41590897) Homepage
    One of the few sites/blogs, whose RSS feed I actually follow closely. Good solid science, and very accessible. [plos.org]

    Our mission is to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Every article that we publish is open-access - freely available online for anyone to use. Sharing research encourages progress, from protecting the biodiversity of our planet to finding more effective treatments for diseases such as cancer.
    The Public Library of Science (PLOS) applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) to works we publish (read the human-readable summary or the full license legal code). Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?