Universities 'get poor value' from academic journal-publishing firms

Ian Sample, http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/blog/, Jun 17, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think we knew this, but the secrecy of subscription contracts prevented us from 'knowing' this (in any documented way). But now we have an analysis and "The analysis by a team of economists found that for leading universities, journals published by non-profit organisations were two to 10 times better value than those published by commercial companies, such as Elsevier, Springer, Sage, and Taylor & Francis." I expect the very same is true of learning resources for students as well. Here is the study the Guardian article is based on (might be behind a paywall where you live, natch).

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