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09/27/2018

Europe is Pounding on the Paywalls of Research Publishing—Will USA Join Forces?

by Katrina A. Bramstedt, PhD

The 2015 headline was startling: “[US] Taxpayers spend $140 billion funding science each year — but can’t access many of the results.” In fact, gaining access to research results is costing universities and government organizations in the US $10 billion per year. You’d think these numbers would thrust US scientists and their research sponsors into uproar, but their angst seems a whisper compared to the thunder coming from Europe in recent weeks.  Europe has drawn a line in the sand with cOALition S.

Paywalls are financial boundaries that can be encountered by readers when they seek to access (view or print) research articles in scholarly journals. …

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