As I’m finishing off another article to send to the journal (and have a couple others cued up), it was interesting to see this piece about the latest dispute between academic publishers and academia: Nature Publishing Group wants to
impose a 400% increase in its online access fee for UC, a hike the university says would come to more than $1 million a year. The result is talk of a systemwide boycott of Nature publications unless the firm becomes more accommodating.
But the dispute underscores a more far-reaching debate in academia: Whether the old business model of scientific publishing, in which researchers turn their work over to commercial entities for free, then pay through the nose to access it in print or online, hasn’t reached the point of ultimate absurdity.
[To the tune of Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Green River,” from the album Green River (a 2-star song, imo).]