More and more researchers have hit their boiling points as they fail to access their own articles, read new publications, and obtain dated original articles without substantial financial fees. This has not been a new trend, but recent developments have sparked a fire fueled by over 8,000 researchers banning together to boycott Elsevier. This sudden backlash was more directly targeted to Elsevier’s support of the Research Works Act (RWA) which, like current highly publicized bills such as SOPA and PIPA, seeks to retract open access to certain information. RWA particularly targets open access to research articles funded specifically by the National Institutes of Health. Opposition sites the origin of the funding, believing that the tax dollars collected from the masses make the research property of all. No one can attest to research’s dependence of funding, but is the money falling into the wrong hands? Through wrong means? What do you think? Should information be available to everybody? Does anyone reserve the right to access anyone’s published work?
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