Free E-journals

We reported, 150 or 200 years ago, on the activism of poor countries, who lobbied oligopolist publishing cartels for free or low-cost access to electronic scientific journals. The problem is the cavalier, avaricious, and rapacious opportunism of publishers, who have used the sudden shift from paper to electronic publishing to shackle subscribers into vastly overpriced journal subscriptions that must be kept current if you want access to any online article, past or present. Worse, paper journals’ subscription rates increased, too, essentially eliminating the option of subscribing to paper journals, which you could then keep forever.

For reasons poorly understood, leading oligopolist publishing cartels have actually agreed to free and subsidized access to journals for poor countries:

So hey, not bad.

Posted on 2001-09-20