In this article for the Guardian, Jessica Shepherd writes about the growing pressures for academic publishers to put the fruits of publicly funded labour on the web

From The Guardian by Jessica Shepherd, Feb 13, 2007:

“Ours is the best of businesses: we get our raw material for free and our customers pay us a year in advance,” joked the publisher of an academic journal to a university researcher.

Perhaps not for much longer. Momentum is growing for publicly funded published academic research to be available free on the internet. So-called “open access” would mean anyone could view an article in a scholarly journal shortly after it was published. (read article)