Problem

Inaccessible scientific information

Other Names:
Inadequate distribution of scientific research
Prohibitive cost of science journals
Nature:

Current methods of distributing scientific information have caused critical hardship to research workers in most countries of the world. Quality scientific information is being produced, but only a tiny fraction of the potential users can afford to buy and use this information.

Incidence:

In Romania, for example, the only complete collection of Chemical Abstracts exists in the capital city, Bucharest, although universities and chemical research institutes are located in five other cities. The Houben-Weyl Methoden der organischen Chemie, important for any research in chemical synthesis, has more than 50 volumes with each volume priced at approximately US $2000. Recent volumes are practically unavailable in many countries, and many libraries have stopped subscribing to the well-known Gmelin and Beilstein series as well.

Broader Problems:
Excessive costs
Narrower Problems:
Inhibited field work
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Date of last update
06.05.2019 – 19:23 CEST