via: Casting out nines
Right now, the major journals in my field all put pdf’s of accepted papers up on the web for all to download. The only time you need the actual paper copy is during the time window between pdf at the journal website and the appearance at jstor.
It is not clear exactly what value the publishers are adding over the professional societies that do the editing/refereeing/gatekeeping anyway. Although the publishers control the old content, and presumably jstor.
I understand that the publishers are doing some cross-subsidization among journals. But that surely will not last long.
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