You Pay For it, Then Government Gives it Away to Its “Friends”

“Academic researchers publish 2-3 million papers a year, most of it funded by governments. Most of the results of the this research are published in copyright protected journals owned by private companies, especially the giant German company Elsevier, companies that together are thought to earn over $25 billion. To read the research, you need to subscribe, and some of the journals charge as much as $5,000-10,000 a year for the subscription. Individual articles may be purchased separately, but there are stiff fees for them such as $40 each. Academic libraries often use public funding to pay the subscription or article prices. There are some other peer reviewed “open access” journals, but researchers may have to pay a high fee to be put up on line by them, for example $3,000, and they are generally less “prestigious” than the print publications.”

https://www.ac2news.com/2019/02/you-pay-for-it-then-government-gives-it-away-to-its-friends/