Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Just came across a film that explores the current model of academic publishing from the perspective of authors and librarians.

It is rather partisan, but quite honestly it’s difficult to remain impartial when faced with some of the (staggering) figures the film highlights.

Elsevier refused to be interviewed.

Here’s the blurb from the makers of the film:

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

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