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Comment: Re:Science is not open (Score 1) 115

by malaprop (#28321593) Attached to: What Open Source Shares With Science
I agree that science cannot truly be considered open while the results are essentially embargoed in highly expensive journals. The typical going rate for a single article is $35, which made sense when they photocopied and snail mailed to you, but is about 2 orders of magnitude overpriced for internet access. I find that when I do drag myself off to a physical library, I typically have to scan through 10 to 20 papers to find 1 that is worth reading in detail. The abstract is typically useless for determining the quality of the paper. Now do the sums, to find a couple of usable papers you will need to look through 20 to 40 papers, which at $35 a pop is going to cost you $700 to $1400. This meets no definition of open that I am aware of, and is a significant barrier to information access for a non university scientist. Even when you go to a physical library these days, you'l find they typically have only a small number of the journals you find yourself needing. This is because the majority of professionals already do all their journal research online.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.

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