Crisis in scholarly communication: MIT and beyond

Posted November 29th, 2005 by Nicole Hennig

Spiraling costs, restrictions on access, and other disturbing trends are having a profound impact on how — and even whether — scholarly materials are made available to the academic community. The digital revolution should have made access to information simpler, more timely, and more democratic than ever. But ironically, business practices have arisen that actually impede the distribution of scholarly work.

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The goal is for researchers and their universities to regain control of both their intellectual property and of the scholarly communication system.