For decades, the gold standard of scientific papers was the peer-reviewed journal printed on paper and expensive to publish and purchase.  With the internet, this has changed and printers of these scholarly works are feeling the heat.  Scientists are revolting against the cost and slow pace of publishing.  They get much of their information for free now although it might not be peer-reviewed until later, if at all.  Academic publishers are dinosaurs lumbering to extinction.  There isn’t much they can do from a marketing perspective.  They have to prove they are worth their cost to deeply skeptical customers.  So far, they haven’t done so.  The academic journal is as much a racket as text books.  But text book publishers are moving online to cut costs and to update their works regularly.  Universities are struggling to contain costs and are no longer a cash-rich field for printers.  It’s about time.

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