I recently attended the American Institute of Physics (AIP) 75th Anniversary Convocation of Member Society Editors on the History and Future of Society Journals. The convocation was opened by Marc Brodsky, the Executive Director of AIP, who outlined the agenda for the meeting. The major topic was open access, that is, free online access to the full text of journal articles. Open access is considered by many to be desirable because it will help accelerate the pace of scientific research. For many the only questions are when it will happen and how to pay for it. The desirability of open access was emphasized by Heather Joseph, the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, an organization dedicated to open access. Many argue that because much research is funded by the government, the results of this funding should be public. The NIH now requests that all publications...

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