Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Hero of the Week Award

Hero of the Week Award: " It is pathetic and sad that the scientists are perpetrating an act, not of mere hubris, and larceny, but seriously, murder."

Just noting that many of the articles I review are from journals available only to subscribers (that includes my university, so as long as I'm on a UiO-IP, I'm free to browse for example the ACM portal online, same goes for the IEEE periodical).

Why is this? My education is paid for by the government (the people). My professors are paid by the government, and so is their research. Why should the knowledge they produce only be available to subscribers? Annual membership to the ACM Portal is $100. IEEE charges 13$ for one article (subscription prices are insane).