Friday, March 15, 2013

Scholarly Communication: Crisis and Revolution


“Scholarly communication is in a time of great upheaval, in part due to profit-seeking behaviors of publishers, and in part due the enormous opportunities inherent in the electronic storage and quick internet retrieval of information." 

"Scholars create the intellectual content which they often give to publishers for free. Publishers, in turn, sell this same content back to the academic community, often at exorbitant prices. At the same time that prices rise, Library budgets at best are remaining flat. This model for scholarly communication is not sustainable."

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