We can shift academic culture through publishing choices

F1000Res. 2017 Apr 20;6:518. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.11415.2. eCollection 2017.


Researchers give papers for free (and often actually pay) to exploitative publishers who make millions off of our articles by locking them behind paywalls. This discriminates not only against the public (who are usually the ones that paid for the research in the first place), but also against the academics from institutions that cannot afford to pay for journal subscriptions and the 'scholarly poor'. I explain exploitative and ethical publishing practices, highlighting choices researchers can make right now to stop exploiting ourselves and discriminating against others.

Keywords: academic culture; discrimination; ethical publishing; exploitative publishing.

Grant support

CJL has a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust and Isaac Newton Trust.