RECOMMENDED: Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (film)

Jason Schmitt (Clarkson University) has released a new film, Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, that explores the academic publishing system:

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. 

Schmitt has released the film under a CC BY license and is available to stream and download for free. Screenings have also been scheduled for libraries, universities, and research centers across the world.

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This post was produced through a cooperation among Tierney Gleason, Ian Goodale, Nicole Sump-Crethar, Paschalia Terzi, Iñaki Arrieta Baro, Dale J. Correa, and Ashley Champagne (Editors-at-large for the week), Sarah Melton (Editor for the week), and Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Roxanne Shirazi, and Patrick Williams (dh+lib Review Editors).

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