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Access to Research – the ALPSP answer

 

There is an article in the latest issue of Learned Publishing, the journal of the ALPSP, a trade association representing academic publishers, entitled “Access to Research: an innovative and successful initiative by the UK publishing industry”. That’s all you will learn about this article, because if you go to ALPSP’s host website (Wiley Online Library) you will find the article locked. 

Out of curiosity, I checked to see how much it would cost to purchase the article - $45.60 (there doesn’t seem to be a sterling equivalent price). There isn’t even an abstract (which is curious, since the rules for academic articles to enable access to research are that scholarly articles should have an abstract). Who is expected to buy this article? Researchers? Other publishers? It seems an irony that in an age of open-access initiatives, we have to pay to discover what this fascinating initiative might be – I for one am unlikely to find out.