This is indeed a shameful situation I have dealt with it in part through the San Francisco Public Library. (I can explain more in a separate message.) Have many of our list members have looked into the resources of their public libraries? It would be very helpful to share this information.
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Becky Nicolaides was kind enough to remind me that the article "Locked Out" noted in the previous message actually appeared in the American Historical Association's newsletter, Perspectives on History, not in the American Historical Review. I apologize for the error.
The latest issue of the American Historical Review (August 6, 2018) contains an article by Becky Nicolaides entitled "Locked Out: Research Acess as a Challenge for the Discipline,"
Nicolaides notes that a lack of access to research materials harms both research and teaching, thus threatening scholarship as a whole.
Below is an extract and a link to the full article
In November, 2017, the US Federal Trade Commission won a preliminary injunction against OMICS, the largest alleged "predatory publisher" of online access journals, which is located in Hyderabad, India.