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Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

Back in 1988, Robert Maxwell predicted that in the future there would only be a handful of immensely powerful publishing companies left, and that they would ply their trade in an electronic age with no printing costs, leading to almost “pure profit”.

Article 27 of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, asserting the right “to share in scientific advancement and its benefits”. In this theguardian “The long read” article, Stephen Buranyi describes how the scholarly publishing industry came to be what it is and how academia has been complicit in its development at the expense of the advancement of knowledge and the ability for all mankind to benefit.

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