20 June 2010

Closed Access Summary, 14 to 20 June 2010

"Closed Access" is the nearly universal practice among publishers of scientific and scholarly journals of charging prohibitively high prices for electronic access to single copies of the articles they publish: the dreaded "paywall." For more on the concept of "Closed Access," in the context of my personal experience as a scholar without a current institutional affiliation, see my post from 6 June 2010.

Over the past week, I have referred to only six articles behind paywalls (from five publishers or distributors), but the per-page cost of two of these is particularly egregious.

2010.06.14 "Vocal tract and register changes analysed by real-time MRI in male professional singers—a pilot study," Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology (7 pages) Informaworld $83.68 (€69.00)

"Coding of facial expressions of pain in the laboratory mouse," Nature Methods Nature Publishing Group $32.00

"Window of Opportunity? Adolescence, Music, and Algebra," Journal of Adolescent Research Sage Journals Online $25.00
2010.06.15 "The Neuropeptide Oxytocin Regulates Parochial Altruism in Intergroup Conflict Among Humans," Science AAAS $15.00

"Courtship compliance: the effect of touch on women's behavior," Social Influence Informaworld $30.00
2010.06.18 Review of Carl Zimmer, The Tangled Bank, in Evolution (3 pages) Wiley Interscience $29.95

Total:
$215.63

Cumulative Total (30 articles):
$808.93

The mean price for these six articles is $35.94.  This is the highest mean so far, by several dollars (the previous high was $28.74, the mean price for the articles in the period 28 May to 5 June), but the mean this week is obviously skewed by the absurd price of the "Vocal tract" article.

The mean price for all 30 Closed Access articles that I have referred to since 28 May is $26.96.  The median price is $29.95.

The price per page of the "Vocal tract" article is $11.95.  The price per page of the review in Evolution is only slightly lower, at $9.98.

On the bright side, I have been able to refer to (and download) several Open Access articles during the past week; see particularly the Daily Digest for 16 June, where I refer to 4 Open-Access articles, and to none behind paywalls.
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