Open and Shut

Politics, religion, and open-access publishing — three topics a well mannered conversationalist would never broach in polite company.

Last week, though, British researcher Mike Taylor threw decorum to the wind with an editorial in The Guardian that in its first sentence asserted: "Publishing science behind paywalls is immoral."

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