The free and critical exchange of ideas is at the heart of the academic endeavor, with great tangible and intangible benefits to society at large. Yet accessing research results and debates is massively hindered by inertia, ignorance, and power brokerage behind the scenes, especially by those who have the most to lose from changing the status quo, tearing down paywalls and keeping publishing costs low. There are various initiatives to change this, so whether you are a scholar or simply curious, take the time to inform yourself about the (real) open access movement. Consider for yourself the implications of giving greedy for-profit publishers and article-sharing services backed by venture capitalists full control of academics' mostly publicly funded work.

Open Library of Humanities