• Deceptichum
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    Fiction writers deserve to be paid but not academic writers?

    Or is it that science should be free but culture should be gate locked?

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      Scientific writers should be paid, but most of them receive grants for specific research or do their research in their function as employed researchers/lecturers at some university. Their work is then posted on some scalping journals that are charging the author a listing fee, and then charge readers an access fee, which they pocket in its entirety. Scientific authors receive ZERO compensation for their work.

      Source: Used to work in academia, published a few articles myself. Best case is that your work is considered “outstanding” and the journal graciously lists it for free instead of charging you for it.

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      It’s because the people making money off most academic papers are not the authors, rather the journal/conference they likely had to pay to publish in. Textbooks are a different story though.

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      As it stands, they don’t get paid when you pay for reading it anyways. They themselves pay to publish it to a journal, the journal then sells it to you.

      The scientists aren’t paid by people reading their science, they are paid by grants, for doing the science in the first place.

      I wholeheartedly support academic “piracy”, it only hurts the gatekeepers.