Buzzword Bingo: Paywall


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Paywall = Arrangement whereby access to a website is restricted to users who have paid to subscribe to the site.

Also see: open access


Traditional publishers and media companies have the hardest time with this. Their woefully-antiquated digital strategy (if they have one) usually centers around a paywall. A “hard” paywall requires readers to pay for yearly or monthly subscription to access most or all premium digital content. A "soft" (or metered) paywall permits readers to view a limited number of free articles before prompting them to buy a paid subscription to access the rest.

The towering paywall around academic journals is a barrier to citizen science and an informed public discourse. Tear down this wall.
- Stewart Brand


Open Access Button

Open Access Button, a browser bookmark tool that allows users to report when they hit paywalled access to academic articles and discover open access versions of that research. The button was created by university students David Carroll and Joseph McArthur, and announced at the Berlin 11 Student and Early Stage Researcher Satellite Conference.

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