Science Publishing and the Internet

John Wilbanks, vice president of science at Creative Commons, argues in Seed that “…the Internet is poised to transform science publishing and science itself.”
“The changes wrought by digital networks in other content industries, from music to cinema to journalism, are coming to the scientific publishing industry as well. Libraries are canceling subscriptions; funders—especially tax payers—are moving to ensure access to knowledge produced by their investment; and new business models are emerging to challenge the industry. For scientific publishing the days of securing profit margins through punitive pricing and aggressively enforced digital-rights management are numbered.”
Restricting access to scientific knowledge only stifles innovation and impedes progress. Supporting Open Access to the results of research facilitates the speed of dissemination and ultimately enables broader participation in science.

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