Thursday, November 24, 2005

Royal Society must continue to receive subsidies

In one of the most transparent "contributions" to the debate over open access journals I've yet seen, the Royal Society argues that universities should go on spending vast sums of money purchasing access to their own research in order to subsidise the activities of... the Royal Society:
"At least a third of all journals are published by not-for-profit organisations. The Royal Society and other learned bodies currently use their publishing surpluses to fund activities such as academic conferences and public lectures, which are also crucial to the exchange of knowledge. A loss of income by not-for-profit publishers would lead to a reduction in, or cessation of, these activities"
This is as illogical and money-grubbing as the claims from the recording industry that the copyright term must be continually extended to fund investment in new artists.

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