I can no longer work for a system that puts profit over access to research

Posted by , Wednesday 16 May 2012 07.34 EDT guardian.co.uk

I can no longer work for a system that puts profit over access to research

“Today I resigned from the editorial board of a well respected journal in my field – Genomics. No longer can I work for a system that provides solid profits for the publisher while effectively denying colleagues in developing countries access to research findings.”

“The vast majority of biomedical scientists in Africa attempt to perform globally competitive research without up-to-date access to the wealth of biomedical literature taken for granted at western institutions. In Africa, your university may have subscriptions to only a handful of scientific journals.”

Winston Hide is Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health

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