Letters

Prevailing publishing system is irrevocably broken

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7501.1211-b (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1211
  1. Gavin Yamey, senior editor, PLoS Medicine (gyamey@plos.org),
  2. Andy Gass, policy adviser
  1. Public Library of Science, 185 Berry St, Suite 1300, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
  2. Public Library of Science, 185 Berry St, Suite 1300, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA

    EDITOR—A group of researchers in Indonesia searches the online literature in preparation for a research project. Exorbitant journal subscription and download fees put the articles they need out of their reach.1 The director of the Wellcome Trust tries to read the results of an African study that the charity funded and is astonished to find that his access to the relevant article is denied.2 Libraries the world …

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