All Scientific Papers Should Be Free; Here’s Why They’re Not

Have you ever tried to access scientific research but the website says you have to pay? Why is that? Shouldn’t information be free?

Who Pays For Science? – https://youtu.be/L7oklmbtxoY
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Who Pick Up the Tab for Science?
http://www.bu.edu/research/articles/funding-for-scientific-research/
“Scientists say that much of the public-and many politicians-do not have a general understanding of the scientific process, knowledge critical for smart decision-making in our increasingly technological society.”

Peer Review at Science Publications
http://www.sciencemag.org/authors/peer-review-science-publications
“For in-depth review, at least two outside referees are consulted. Reviewers are contacted before being sent a paper and are asked to return comments within 1 to 2 weeks for most papers. Reviewers may be selected to evaluate separate components of a manuscript.”

Vestiges of print publications in scientific journals
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/information-culture/vestiges-of-print-publication-in-scientific-journals/
“The first scientific journals were published in the late 17th century, and these print publications changed very little over time. Developments in printing technology, distribution and the advent of the commercial publisher all impacted the process, but the basic form was easily recognizable.”
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