Why Is Access to the Scholarly Journal Literature So Expensive?

« For more than 30 years the spiraling costs of scholarly journal subscriptions, of-ten called the “serials crisis,” have been a hotly debated topic. Academics and librarians have pointed out the high profit levels of the major commercial pub-lishers, despite that the content they sell is provided by unpaid authors and reviewers. The publishers then resell it to the universities of these same authors and reviewers. Publishers have attempted to justify their prices by cost increases, their investments in information technology, and the value they add. (…) »

source > preprint.press.jhu.edu, Bo-Christer Björk, février 2021