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Free or not to be free!

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Like any other task funded by the government, scientific research, too, is conducted from the tax payers money. Similar to actors who look forward to working with the big banners of the production fraternity, scientists too are attracted by the big banners of the publication fraternity and often submit their work for publication with these journals. Once this work is accepted for publication, all information is locked behind high security doors on web servers and opens up, if and only if, you agree to the pay to view this information. Although, a common man does not come across such gateways in their day-to-day lives, many students of science often do and the more or less standard price to view one research paper for 24 hours is $ 40.  The obvious question that arises is, if I am fueling the research, why should I have to pay to view it?

The answer is very simple. It is because the publication houses saw an opportunity to make money and exploited it. Universities across the world spend…