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Free Content Pressing the 'send' key – preferential journal access in developing countries

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Arguably the most striking recent departure in online publishing has been the succession of initiatives designed to provide free or reduced-rate journal access to the developing world. This article examines the motives behind some of these campaigns and probes the difficulties associated with supplying scientific information equitably, productively, and to an appropriate readership in developing or transitional countries. It considers the strengths and weaknesses of the main solutions currently on offer, while advocating a more unified approach based on the three C's of co-ordination, comprehensiveness, and clarity.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1087/09531510252848845

Publication date: April 1, 2002

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  • Editor in Chief: Alan Singleton
    North American Editor: Diane Scott-Lichter
    Reviews Editor: Pippa Smart

    Learned Publishing is the journal of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, published in collaboration with the Society for Scholarly Publishing. The journal is published quarterly in January/April/July/October.

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