It’s an amazing story:
It may surprise you to know that there has been an embargo against scientists with UK grants publishing in Britain’s premier scientific journal, Nature. At root was a dispute about the cost of publishing scientific papers, who has the rights to see them, and at what price. In the case of Nature, that price was €9,500, about $11,300.
The episode reveals more than just a haggle over price, however. Deep troubles are roiling the seemingly calm surface of scientific publishing. The dustup over Nature is newsworthy because it brought those troubles to the surface, for all to see. Beneath the surface, though, the culture and practice of science and scientific discourse has been being transformed – radically. It’s a complicated story, with a complicated history.J. Scott Turner, “Scientific Publishing Is a Scam Fed by the Government” at RealClearScience (April 27, 2022)
Readers unfamiliar with J. Scott Turner may wish to know that he is also the author of Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It. And here he is, publishing at Real Clear Science…
Maybe it took someone willing to quit worshipping at the Darwin shrine to bring this out.