Why do professors pick paywalls?
A Report from the OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association) "Equity in Open Access workshop#2" by Malavika Legge.
My premise and presumption is that professors would not pick paywalls if all other things were equal. They sometimes pick paywalls now because they have no other choice (affordability) OR they are led to believe that paywalls are superior – something that the publishing community and those who are in charge of career assessment are currently reinforcing in ways described above.
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