There’s a battle taking place over the future of academic publishing, but the impact that battle will have on the world is anything but academic. The stakes are high, and there are real casualties.
In West Virginia, cable lobby and telcos rally against expanded broadband.
Whether it’s an entire journal staff quitting their jobs, a foundation approving an open access policy, or even a student going on Twitter to get around a paywall, 2015 was a year when a lot of people questioned why closed is the default. Let’s keep that momentum going by passing a federal open access mandate in 2016.