Academic publishing is the backbone of science. Publishing papers is one of the primary ways in which scientists disseminate findings to peers as well as the general public. Academia has been plagued by the ‘publish or perish’ ethos, such that the number of publications they have determines important career events such as procuring tenure. The process of publishing a scientific paper follows the publication process of any magazine but with more rigour, and the profits garnered by scientific journals are massive. This is because the costs associated with publishing – employing and paying authors, reviewers, and editors – are negligible as none of them are paid. However, to access most publicly-funded knowledge, readers are charged a humongous fee.
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