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Hiding Your Research Behind A Paywall Is Immoral

Thumbs up to Mike Taylor, a research associate at the University of Bristol who wrote this great article on the Guardian Higher Education Network this week. The gist is that many scientists publish their research in journals that require subscription payments, blocking the majority of interested readers from accessing their work. Keeping their research behind these types of ‘paywalls’ can’t be justified given that scientists’ job is to produce knowledge and make it freely available to all. The current ‘lack of prestige’ associated with open access publishing outlets must end; Scientists publishing in high-impact paywalled journals for their own career advancement must end; and we must fundamentally change academic culture to focus on free and open availability of knowledge for all people.

Couldn’t resist posting another bit of wisdom from him, just as I have been afraid to start work because of the risk of writing something stupid:

Only he is an emancipated thinker who is not afraid to write foolish things. -Chekhov

I’m beginning to think he really does have the answer to everything.

Ok.

I’m going to shut up now.

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Submission of PhD ThesisMay 1st, 2013
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