Still hogging research profits? 3

August 26, 2005

Rene Olivieri, chief executive of Blackwell Publishers Ltd, does not take his analogy with George Orwell's Animal Farm far enough when he compares not-for-profit open-access publishers to the pigs. Indeed, he seems to be unaware of how the novel ends: the pigs become men. Therefore, if anticapitalist open-access advocates are now "pigs", then what they will eventually become is much worse; they will become publishers.

Ken Smith
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College

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