Atlantic excoriates JSTOR


This morning, I searched for an article about autism on JSTOR, the online database of academic journals. I have
a child on the autistic spectrum, and I like to be aware of the latest
research on the topic. I could not access any of the first 200 articles
that contained the word “autism.” That’s because, for the most part, only individuals with a college ID card can read
academic journal articles.  Everyone else, including journalists,
non-affiliated scholars, think tanks and curious individuals, must pay a
substantial fee per article, if the articles are available at all.

I later found one article that was
available for $38. I’m not sure why one twelve page article costs $38.
It takes me about eight minutes to scan a twelve page article. The
researcher receives no royalties. Why does it cost so much to read one

The answer lies in the antiquated system of academic publishing.

Locked in the Ivory Tower: Why JSTOR Imprisons Academic Research – Atlantic Mobile


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