Oh hell yes: White House announces new US open access policy for scientific papers

Every year, Washington pours tens of billions of dollars into scientific research projects (like the brain activity mapping project). These are projects you help pay for with taxes. These government-funded investigations give rise to roughly 65,000 peer-reviewed papers a year. Weirdly, a bunch of these remain… » 2/22/13 2:40pm 2/22/13 2:40pm

Aaron Swartz Died Innocent — Here Is the Evidence

I did not know Aaron Swartz, unless you count having copies of a person's entire digital life on your forensics server as knowing him. I did once meet his father, an intelligent and dedicated man who was clearly pouring his life into defending his son. My deepest condolences go out to him and the rest of Aaron's… » 1/13/13 1:38pm 1/13/13 1:38pm

How one mathematician's angry blog post led to 9,000 scientists starting a revolution

Back in February, we told you a little about the scientific revolution that is being spurred by the rising cost of academic journals. At the time, there were questions over whether the movement could gain the momentum it would need to move forward — after all, people have been objecting about the paywalls of private… » 4/10/12 11:20am 4/10/12 11:20am

What is the Federal Research Public Access Act and why should you care about it?

Every year, the government funnels tens of billions of dollars toward scientific research — research that you help pay for with your taxes. These government-funded investigations give rise to an average of 65,000 peer-reviewed papers a year. Many of these papers, however, remain inaccessible to you unless you happen… » 2/13/12 2:40pm 2/13/12 2:40pm

Why does it cost $20,000 a year to subscribe to a science journal?

If you've ever wanted to read more about a science article here on io9, and clicked through to the original journal article to read more, chances are you've been met by a subscription page (like the one up top) that asks you to either log in or fork over a grip of cash to read the article in full. » 9/21/11 6:20am 9/21/11 6:20am