Events Archive: 2020-21

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship


To celebrate International Open Access Week, VCU Libraries is hosting an online screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, a documentary that focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. An audience discussion led by VCU librarians will follow the film, starting around 1 p.m. Attendees are welcome to join for the whole event or whatever part they're interested in.

The event is free and open to all. Sign up to receive the viewing party link. For questions or accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at

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Image: Paywall poster image