Article by Auckland University academic on the exorbitant cost of journal subscriptions to university libraries (and the disinclination of universities to reveal said cost to the public).


https://theconversation.com/universities-spend-millions-on-accessing-results-of-publicly-funded-research-88392?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20December%2013%202017%20-%2090037606&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20December%2013%202017%20-%2090037606+CID_f888d03915c7e620d097f55b97bad0d7&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Universities%20spend%20millions%20on%20accessing%20results%20of%20publicly%20funded%20research


It raises an interesting point: if university research is mainly funded by the public purse, should not the results be available to the public that paid for them? 

There are other inputs and costs of course (private funding of research, the cost of editing/publishing/distributing a journal).  But the pseudo-monopoly position of the big publishers and their quest for profit, seems to be overriding the public good of dissemination of research findings. One certainly shouldn't need an FOI request and 3-years' wait to find out the research results, or their cost to the taxpayer..


Brendan Whyte