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Sunday, November 27, 2005
Royal Society criticises open-access publishing  
Depressing news, via BoingBoing: the Royal Society is criticising open access publishing, saying "journals in some disciplines might suffer. Why would you pay to subscribe to a journal if the papers appear free of charge?".

Good question, to which the answer can only be: why should you? The whole point of OA is surely to allow scientists and libraries cheaper access to other scientific literature, and to enable scientists to have their work more widely distributed. If existing journals fail as a result, well, that's really their problem.


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