Is profit controlling science? Or is this yet another core feature of neoliberalism?

Jeroen De Man,ITM

Publishing in academic journals is a business. An academic journal employs people, develops and sells a product, much like any other business. However, profit margins of commercial scientific publishers reach on average 35% and are fairly stable. My big frustration is that for-profit publishers not only reap the benefits of scientists’ dedication and taxpayers’ money, but they also put their work behind paywalls thereby limiting their readers to those who can afford to purchase articles, or have institutional access to these journals. Such for-profit publishers prioritize their shareholders instead of those who have carried out the research or invested in it.

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