The Price of Academic Journals and Copyright Law

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NPR: Expensive Journals Drive Academics to Break Copyright Law

NPR's Linda Wertheimer interviews Heather Joseph of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).  Joseph says of commercial publishers of academic journals, "profit margins in the 30 and 40 percent range, there is really no justification."  She says of commercial publishers: "They're profit-maximizing businesses, which is fine."  But, "should such businesses be built around information that's vital to the public's good and the public's health?"  Sci-Hub is mentioned in the piece.  Some researchers have turned to it to illegally outsmart the system by violating international copyright law.  Listen to the entire interview at: http://www.npr.org/2016/02/20/467468361/expensive-journals-drive-academics-to-break-copyright-law