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Paywall The Movie

This week is international Open Access Week 2018, making it an ideal opportunity to watch or facilitate a public screening of the documentary Paywall: The Business of Scholarship.

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (above) focuses on the need for open access to research and science, and questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers such as Elsevier. It explores all of the issues around paywalled and open access academic publishing by way of commentary from academics, publishers, librarians, and open access organisations.

Staying true to the open access model, the movie is free to stream and download for private or public use. It maintains the most open CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons license to ensure anyone regardless of their social, financial, or political background can have access.

As well as watching the movie online, you can attend a screening or arrange your own.

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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