Reading a single Elsevier-published article can cost upwards of $40 a pop, and critics have called out the company and other closed-access publishers for hoarding publicly-funded science while enjoying large profit margins. (The nature of the industry means that while publishers have little overhead, they still get paid on both ends—by those who access the articles and by the researchers themselves.)
"It's precisely predatory behavior by the likes of Elsevier that makes SSRN so valuable."
More recently, Elsevier's legal wrangling successfully shut down the domain hosting of Sci-Hub and LibGen, two open-access sites that host millions of scientific papers normally blocked by paywalls. The sites have since been forced underground, available via the anonymous Tor network."Elsevier has a history of copyright litigation, site-blocking, and pushing for things like SOPA and PIPA. So a site like SSRN could rather radically change under its stewardship," Matthew Rimmer, a professor of Intellectual Property and innovation law at the Queensland University of Technology, told Motherboard in an email.
I'm opening an academic-publishing-themed restaurant. You bring the ingredients and get volunteers to cook and serve. Now pay me $10,000.
Parker Higgins ☔January 6, 2015