- Open access is the idea that information should be made free to read to anyone with an Internet connection.
- Research journals are the source for cutting-edge knowledge in every field from history to medicine, yet students, professors, and even doctors are denied access to information every day because they or their institution can't afford it.
- Faculty write the articles for free, they review them for free, and they edit them for free. And then publishers sell them back to universities at prices so high that many libraries can't afford them.
- Journals often cost $5,000, $10,000, or $20,000 per subscription, per year -- and prices continue to outmatch inflation year after year.
- Publishers' profit margins exceed that of companies like Apple, Disney, and Google.
Select talking points adapted from Open Access Flyer made available under a CC-BY 3.0 license by the Right to Research Coalition with support by SPARC.