The largest academic publisher, Elsevier, regularly has a profit margin between 35-40%, which is greater than Google’s.
The nationwide deal sought by scientists includes a open-access option, under which all corresponding authors affiliated with German institutions would be allowed to make their papers free to read and share by anyone in the world. This would be a milestone for global efforts to make the results of publicly funded research immediately and freely available to scientists and the wider public in all countries, they say.
The European Union's Competitiveness Council has recommended all scientific papers be made “open access” by 2020, meaning that scientific publications on the results of research supported by public and public-private funds must be freely accessible to everyone.
Wikipedia generally provides links to high quality scientific articles, even though open access ones are disproportionately represented. Open access publications are dramatically amplifying the way science diffuses through the world.
Copyleft has revolutionised software development. A plant scientist urges a similar global collaborative environment for breeding crops to feed a growing population in a changing climate.
Open access academic journals, many on neuroscience topics.