Article about Open Access

Steal This Research Paper! (You Already Paid for It.)

An interesting take on the struggle of the OpenAccess movement to make scientific knowledge widely available, by one of the co-founders of PLoS.

I’d call everyone’s attention to this: "In the end, his disdain isn’t directed at the publishers who hoard scientific knowledge so much as at his colleagues who let them get away with it. ‘One of the reasons advances in publishing don’t happen is that people are willing to live with all sorts of crap from journals in order to get the imprimatur the journal title has as a measure of the impact of their work,’ Eisen says. ‘It’s easy to blame Elsevier, right? To think that there’s some big corporation that’s preventing scientists from doing the right thing. It’s just bullshit. Elsevier doesn’t prevent anyone from doing anything. Scientists do this themselves!’"

Courtesy of professor James Coyne.

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