And the skyrocketing cost of journal subscriptions, which have unlimited downloads, is straining library budgets.“The prices have been rising twice as fast as the price of health care over the past 20 years, so there’s a real scandal there to be exposed,” said Peter Suber, Harvard’s director of the office of scholarly communication.
“It’s important that Harvard is suffering when it has the largest budget of any academic library in the world.”Mr.
Suber was quick to add, however, that he didn’t condone Ms.
Elbaykan’s guerrilla tactics: “Unlawful access gives open access a bad name.”One solution, he said, was to persuade researchers to publish in open-accesss journals like those under the umbrella of the Public Library of Science, or PLOS, co-founded by Dr. But that financial model requires authors to pay a processing charge that can run anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 per article so the publisher can recoup its costs.
This concept has direct implications for the existing green and gold open access models because they appear conventionally inept at present.
The existing models are far from the revolutionary business frameworks required in the present intellectual landscape.
Comparatively speaking, stakeholders in scholarly communication have only managed to enable access to select research articles, while the rest remain behind paywalls.
Statistically, a large cohort of publications will remain unavailable via legal channels for most people in 2017.
DRAWING comparisons to Edward Snowden, a graduate student from Kazakhstan named Alexandra Elbakyan is believed to be hiding out in Russia after illegally leaking millions of documents.
While she didn’t reveal state secrets, she took a stand for the public’s right to know by providing free online access to just about every scientific paper ever published, on topics ranging from acoustics to zymology.