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A Revolution In Science Publishing Or Business as Usual?

By Michael Schulson/Undark

Each year, governments around the world pour vast sums of public money into scientific research - as much as $156 billion in the United States alone. Scientists then use that funding to further human understanding of the world, and occasionally to make compelling discoveries about everything from whale brains to dwarf stars to the genetic underpinnings of deadly cancers.

But often, this research - despite being subsidized with taxpayer money - ends up being published in exclusive journals that sit behind steep paywalls with three- and four-figure subscription fees, accessible to only a tiny fraction of the public.

The power of these scientific publishers - with names even lay readers might recognize: Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, among a handful of others - is substantial. According to one estimate, just four corporations now publish close to 50 percent of scientific papers. Together, they control the copyright to much of the world's scientific literature, charging billions of dollars each year for access to that body of knowledge - and securing hefty profits in the process.

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Posted on April 4, 2020

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
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Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

Comics Industry Shut Down For First Time In Its 80 Years

By Bart Beaty/The Conversation
This week no new comic books will ship to shops - and production is on hold into the foreseeable future.

Posted on March 31, 2020

Poles In Illinois

By SIU Press
The first comprehensive history to trace the abundance and diversity of this ethnic group throughout the state from the 1800s to the present.

Posted on March 21, 2020

As The New Coronavirus Spreads, Bogus Books Capitalize On Fear

By Jane Roberts/Undark
A shadowy array of grifters and opportunists are flocking to and other online booksellers to capitalize on public fear, producing a steady stream of books and manuals that claim to hold the secret to surviving the outbreak.

Posted on March 6, 2020

Fortune & Faith In Old Chicago

By SIU Press
A dual biography of Mayor Augustus Garrett and seminary founder Eliza Clark Garrett.

Posted on March 5, 2020

The Mind Is The Body

By Emily Anthes/Undark
Yet more evidence arrives that mental illness is actually every bit as biological as, say, cancer or a diabetes.

Posted on February 23, 2020

MUSIC - Chicago Drill vs. Brooklyn Drill vs. UK Drill.
TV - Jonathan Pie On Lockdown Pt 3.
POLITICS - Boeing vs. Public Broadcasting.
SPORTS - The Truth About Ed Farmer.

BOOKS - A First: Comics Industry Shut Down.


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