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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

Questions

  • 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?

Quotes
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.
http://www.saydaily.com/2014/12/john-oliver-secrets-of-digital-media

Paywall Quote @robhoward

Unpaywall
http://unpaywall.org
https://twitter.com/unpaywall
http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/find-open-access-articles-faster-with-unpaywall/63793
http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-a-Browser-Extension-Could/239714
https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/05/unpaywall-scours-the-web-for-free-versions-of-scientific-papers
http://ronininstitute.org/use-unpaywall-to-find-papers/1570
https://twitter.com/jasonpriem

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.
https://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/40666

Las Vegas Sun
https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/jan/11/a-note-from-the-sun
https://twitter.com/LasVegasSun/status/951503976733839362

Headlines
The quest to topple academic paywalls – Wired

Embedded Tweets

Planeta.com

Open Journalism

Journalism

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

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