Paywall = Arrangement whereby access to a website is restricted to users who have paid to subscribe

Applications found in academic publications and journalism.

Also see: open access


  • What options do publishers have in raising funds beyond putting up a paywall?
  • Are readers appreciative or loyal or sites that do not have a paywall?
  • What are the justifications for articles published behind a paywall?

The paywall is inherently in conflict with journalism’s primary goal: to educate and inform the public about important issues. – Rob Howard Quartz @robhoward

The towering paywall around academic journals is a barrier to citizen science and an informed public discourse. Tear down this wall.
Stewart Brand

Traditional publishers and media companies have the hardest time with this. Their woefully-antiquated digital strategy (if they have one) usually centers around a paywall. A “hard” paywall requires readers to pay for yearly or monthly subscription to access most or all premium digital content. A “soft” (or metered) paywall permits readers to view a limited number of free articles before prompting them to buy a paid subscription to access the rest.

Paywall Quote @robhoward


Open Access Button
Open Access Button, a browser bookmark tool that allows users to report when they hit paywalled access to academic articles and discover open access versions of that research. The button was created by university students David Carroll and Joseph McArthur, and announced at the Berlin 11 Student and Early Stage Researcher Satellite Conference.

Las Vegas Sun

The quest to topple academic paywalls – Wired

Embedded Tweets

Open Journalism


Academic research is publicly funded — why isn’t it publicly available?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.