Got to thinking. In the sciences the ‘products’ of publicly funded R&D have been co-opted by the Journals and databased in a way that the ownership is taken according to format and warehousing. For years this has been a real road block for the small people.
If you want to write and submit a publication [without tax payer money] you will need to read the literature on your subject; albeit to do it right these days you could be reading up to a 1000 papers. To get your hands on them you need to shell out $39.95 for each; reaching $40,000 dollars. Which it is assumed most researchers will pass the cost back on the long suffering public yet again.
The other aspect is so much data is produced yet after being turned into a few charts and tables the vast amount of raw data isn’t shared, verifiable or used in collaboration.
Could this culture ever experience a paradigm shift and the ownership returned to the people who pay for it? I would love to see a Journal’s panellists switch to being peer reviewing referees only to approve aggregation under their banner while the raw data and the pdfs etc remain in public shared pods for access and further collaborative analysis and be more useful in the future