[open-science] Request from SPARC re: journal workarounds

Rayna rayna.st at gmail.com
Thu May 29 20:32:30 UTC 2014

Hey Graham et al,

This is a very neat wrap-up, thanks for sharing!
Any possibility the post could go on the OA blog?


2014-05-07 19:42 GMT+02:00 Graham Steel <steelgraham at hotmail.com>:

> A few weeks ago, I was asked if I would be willing to write up a briefing
> document for SPARC on the following.
> '<redacted> provided me with your name as a person who might be able to
> help SPARC with a brief document. Over the last few months of meeting
> with elected officials in Washington, DC, a conversation has emerged
> between policymakers and advocates (namely SPARC) with regard to the
> lengths small business, start-ups, recent graduates, etc. have to go to in
> order to get access to journal articles. Due to the extraordinary high cost
> of subscriptions and per page charges, they hire college interns, pay
> students for access and ask around for .pdf copies of the article.
> Without the information, they are not able to innovate, grow their
> businesses, etc.
> We have received some requests to get in writing the lengths that these
> companies/individuals go to in order to get information because they can't
> afford to purchase the articles and how it has, in essence, created a
> 'black market for scholarly journals'.  Graham -- does this seem like
> something you would you be able to do?'
> The peer reviewed version can be found at
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sHtCWS-jLIe-UpuHI52Ep6y-_Dq7ysktcN_I52kfh1M/edit
> Other than the link above, this is not *yet* 'open' but thought this may
> be of interest in the meantime.
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