There is mounting evidence that the world of academic medical publishing is entering a period of major change. Decades and even centuries old processes and capital models just don’t make sense; and its time they get a massive makeover that better serves physicians and patients alike.
The groundswell for this movement is underway in America but the following article demonstrates that the tide is very similar in Europe:
Science Research May Be Freed From Journals Unhealthy Paywalls by Robert Andrews [PaidContent/GigaOM] 5/3/12
The UK government has told academic journal publishers it will make freely available online the publicly-funded research they currently charge for, labelling “paywalls” as “deeply unhealthy”.
This news will prove unpopular with academic publishers, which license and peer-review researchers’ work and charge libraries to make it available.
“As taxpayers put their money towards intellectual enquiry, they cannot be barred from then accessing it,” science minister David Willetts said in a speech to the Publishers Association on Wednesday (transcript).
“They should not be kept outside with their noses pressed to the window – whilst, inside, the academic community produces research in an exclusive space.”
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