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TED Talks: Season 2018

2018x102 Erica Stone: Academic research is publicly funded -- why isn't it publicly available?
TV-PG

  • 2018-03-28T04:00:00Z on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

In the US, your taxes fund academic research at public universities. Why then do you need to pay expensive, for-profit journals for the results of that research? Erica Stone advocates for a new, open-access relationship between the public and scholars, making the case that academics should publish in more accessible media. "A functioning democracy requires that the public be well-educated and well-informed," Stone says. "Instead of research happening behind paywalls and bureaucracy, wouldn't it be better if it was unfolding right in front of us?"

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