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Scholarly Publishing Is Broken. Here's How To Fix It.

By Jon Tennant/Aeon

The world of scholarly communication is broken. Giant, corporate publishers with racketeering business practices and profit margins that exceed Apple's treat life-saving research as a private commodity to be sold at exorbitant profits. Only around 25 percent of the global corpus of research knowledge is "open access," or accessible to the public for free and without subscription, which is a real impediment to resolving major problems, such as the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Recently, Springer Nature, one of the largest academic publishers in the world, had to withdraw its European stock market flotation due to a lack of interest. This announcement came just days after Couperin, a French consortium, cancelled its subscriptions to Springer Nature journals, after Swedish and German universities cancelled their Elsevier subscriptions to no ill effect, besides replenished library budgets. At the same time, Elsevier has sued Sci-Hub, a website that provides free, easy access to 67 million research articles. All evidence of a broken system.

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Posted on July 15, 2018
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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
Chicago Blog Review

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

Scholarly Publishing Is Broken. Here's How To Fix It.

By Jon Tennant/Aeon
Giant, corporate publishers with racketeering business practices and profit margins that exceed Apple's treat life-saving research as a private commodity to be sold at exorbitant profits.

Posted on July 15, 2018

Man Up

By Darail Drake
Englewood firefighter's debut novel.

Posted on July 9, 2018

How Not To Get Shot And Other Advice From White People

By Sway In The Morning
'Every time there's a shooting, there's some white guy or white girl telling you how it could have been avoided . . . '

Posted on July 3, 2018

The First Annual Chicago Print Crawl!

Incredibly Cool, Satisfying Stuff
Next time, don't crawl - run!

Posted on June 28, 2018

Challenging The Media's Distorted Images Of Incarceration

By SIU Press
Essays in this volume illustrate how shows such as Orange Is the New Black and Oz impact the public's perception of crime rates, the criminal justice system, and imprisonment.

Posted on June 14, 2018

MUSIC - The Weekend In Chicago Rock.
TV - Surprise: Sinclair-Tribune Merger Maimed.
POLITICS - How Affirmative Action Fight Threatens Harvard's Whites.
SPORTS - The Ex-Cub Factor.

BOOKS - How To Fix Scholarly Publishing.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Chicagoetry: Wells At Dearborn.


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