Originally Posted by SectorNine50
I do, however, think it's a bit naive to think that everything on the internet would be free and open to everyone. I also think it's naive to assume that you can change that completely; people need money to live, and like to live well.
From JSTOR, specifically regarding this incident:
Our mission at JSTOR is supporting scholarly work and access to knowledge around the world. Faculty, teachers, and students at more than 7,000 institutions in 153 countries rely upon us for affordable and in some cases free access to content on JSTOR. Since our founding in 1995, we have digitized the complete back runs of nearly 1,400 academic journals from over 800 publishers. Our ultimate objective is to provide affordable access to scholarly content to anyone who needs it.
In this context, JSTOR can actually be seen as making access to the material possible in the first place, in which a system where they are paid by a university to provide no-fee access (to the researcher) seems to make a lot of sense to me.
How accessible are these journals outside of JSTOR?
I wonder how much they charge for what access. There is probably more to the story.Edited by _02 - 7/20/11 at 10:36am