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Free Internet Access to Traditional Journals

Can scientists find ways to share published research without high cost? The experiences of one society suggest it can be done cheaply, even profitably

Thomas Walker

The digital revolution in scientific publishing is now under way, but the endpoint is far from clear. One question is especially problematic: Who will pay for the electronic publication of journals? A recent editorial in Science embraced the pay-per-view model that predominates among commercial journal publishers. Thomas J. Walker endorses an alternative model more suited to many scholarly societies: a system funded by authors and libraries with a free, searchable archive of research results available on the Internet.


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