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Unsustainable scholarship: How private companies control research in higher education

Academic research is a staple of university libraries. Faculty depend on it for their own research, and students need it for their studies. But because of private publishing companies, who play a confusing and controlling role in the process of research creation, UNC Libraries is sounding alarms about the system's flaws.  The publishing companies make money by selling research journal access to university libraries in confidential deals. UNC Libraries said there's an imbalance in the process, because tax payers subsidize research authoring, then subsequently have to pay again for research access.  Rebels against the publishing giants advocate for open access — publishing online for free without paywalls — and say that continuing to buy into publishers' demands will impair scientific progress.

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From left to right, Katie Lindner, Joanneke Elliott, Sara Elliott, Maura Kitchens, and Beth Mueller, all event organizers of Europe Week at UNC. Photo by Grant Peet.

Want to learn about Europe? You’re in luck

"Students, community members, teachers, high school students, faculty, staff, local government and all sorts of society organization ... foster the dialogue on Europe." The Center for European Studies is hosting Europe Week at Carolina, a week dedicated to appreciating and celebrating European culture, from April 6 to 12. 

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