Students clamour for an Open World…

Nick Schokey
Many students are beginning to realize that access barriers to journals are as unnecessary as they are harmful. Just like the many other stakeholders they want to reform the current academic publishing system into one that is open and equitably serves the interests of all who depend on it, not just those who can afford the often high cost of access.

“They want information to be Free. Immediately Accessible. Re-Mixable. and Equally Accessible.” says Nick Shockey, Director of the Right to Research Coalition, and Director of Student Advocacy at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) at the Apple-sponsored AcademiX 2010 conference.

“To succeed students need access to scholarly journals, Instead they find themselves cut off from journals crucial to their research needs and papers. ”

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