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Do paywalls around academic publications slow scientific progress?
Paywalls around academic publications slow scientific progress.
Poor regions/countries/organizations can not afford top dollar journals.
Scientific progress includes public awareness and trust.
It is not fair to the taxpayer to use public money for research, but publish results behind a paywall.
Paid journals mean journal quality is well controlled.
Public and university libraries already offer access to many journals for free.
There are alternative means of accessing research papers, namely piracy. Those who really want to, can find articles for free.
Existing scientific journals should be flipped to fair open access models
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