How a Browser Extension Could Shake Up Academic Publishing

Lindsay McKenzie, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Apr 10, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've started using Unpaywall, a browser extension that finds open access versions of closed access publications. For example, is a search takes me to a closed Elsevier article, Unpaywall might find the Arxiv version. Too Cool. "We’re setting up a lemonade stand right next to the publishers’ lemonade stand," says Mr. Priem. "They’re charging $30 for a glass of lemonade, and we’re showing up right next to them and saying, ‘Lemonade for free’." I'm just waiting for them to find a way to declare this illegal. Also, free lemonade. They'll declare that illegal too.

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