Plinio Casarotto takes a look at the future of publishing.

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The scientific community has been flooded with well-intended ideas and concrete attitudes to tackle the openness in science, or better its lack of openness. More specifically, attempts to guarantee access to otherwise ‘protected’ material have been the obsession of many (mostly early-career) researchers. Recently, services like Sci-Hub and Unpaywall try to break the oligopoly of big publishers, legally or not, or find ways to make free versions of otherwise ‘protected’ material, which is a relief to many researchers in African, Asian and Latin American countries.

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