9.401 | Fall 2022 | Graduate

Tools for Robust Science

Week 7 Challenge: Results Are Only Accessible to Very Rich Institutions

The Challenge

Scientific progress is theoretically a gradual process that involves many researchers building on one another’s work. However, subscriptions to journals are only affordable to the world’s wealthiest institutions. To make matters worse, between 75% and 90% of publications are in English. These disparities severely limit who has access to scientific knowledge, and who can engage in the cumulative scientific process, hampering the scientific process and creating an unjust system.


In your response paper, describe something you didn’t know about publishing that you learned from these sources, and/or a personal experience you had with the costs and benefits of open-access publishing.

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2022
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments