quarta-feira, 24 de março de 2021

The highly profitable disgusting business of scientific journals has finally begun to crumble with a little help by the European Commission

Following the platform suggested in the link above, it is good to know that the European Commission has just launched a platform on which the articles produced in investigations financed by European projects will be published free of charge and in open access. "All research is welcome and will be published irrespective of the perceived level of interest or novelty"https://erticonetwork.com/dg-research-and-innovation-opens-new-publishing-platform/

The submission of articles to the referred platform is done here https://open-research-europe.ec.europa.eu/for-authors/publish-your-research

And now that the European Commission has kicked off, it is the duty of all universities to quickly create similar platforms, to thereby free themselves from the yoke and exploitation of publishers (whose desk rejection arrogance increases from year to year), to whom they give free articles and also free reviews, which they then sell for a high price, including ironically to those who gave them initially. 

In the last dozens of years, even after the internet was invented and the marginal cost of publication has become practically nil, countries still paid billions to scientific publishers, considered to be The Most Profitable Obsolete Technology in History, so as soon as more platforms like the one mentioned above are created, more articles will be made available freely and many billions will be saved that can be used to hire more researchers and to finance important investigations and not to fatten the huge profits of publishers that are estimated to amount to the astronomical figure of $ 20 billion annually.

A Harvard professor once said that "The way banks make money is so simple that it is disgusting". However, and compared to how much more easily scientific Publishers make money (therefore more disgusting) that´s extremely unfair to the banking business. 

PS - Back in  2012, a mathematician from the University of Cambridge initiated the Cost of Knowledge boycott. However, not only it fail to have any impact on the profits of Elsevier but it forgot that Elsevier is not the only shark in the publishing Ocean. A boycott is needed all rigth but against all scientific publishers.