Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Paywall the movie

A free public screening of the movie will be held on:

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: Film 2:00-3:30 p.m. Panel discussion to follow ending at 4:30 p.m.

Where: UVic Libraries, Digital Scholarship Commons (third floor)

Refreshments are provided.

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The film is also available to stream for free here:

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which:

  • focuses on the need for open access to research and science
  • questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers
  • examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier
  • looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google

Produced and directed by Jason Schmitt, Clarkson University, NY