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Academic Oligarchy



Reproduced from the blog Revenge of Socrates - Deprogramming the lattice 

Just six corporations control the flow of scientific information, a new study in Canada reveals. Since the 1970’s scientific journals have been controlled by the same few companies. Researchers looked at scientific literature published between 1973 – 2013 and found that companies ACS, Reed Elsevier, Sage, Taylor and Francis, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell controlled nearly every single one… 




Six major publishers control fields of chemistry, psychology and social sciences

The fields most controlled by this academic oligarchy include those dealing with chemistry, psychology, social sciences and the professional fields. On the flip side, biomedical research, physics, and the arts and humanities are influenced to a much lesser degree by these six corporate publishers, according to the study.
What this suggests is that, over time, certain disciplines have become more corrupted than others as they’ve been absorbed into the corporate publishing fold. Such content, though often skewed, is highly profitable for publishers which not only don’t have to pay for the articles they publish but also resell such content digitally at profit margins upwards of 40%.
“As long as publishing in high impact factor journals is a requirement for researchers to obtain positions, research funding, and recognition from peers, the major commercial publishers will maintain their hold on the academic publishing system,” added Lariviere.

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  1. Standing in the ruins of Hiroshima in Aug 1945, my research mentor - Paul Kazuo Kuroda (1917-2001) - realized "the beginning of the world may have been just like this."

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Solar_Energy_Earth_Climate.pdf

    A 1945 decision to unite nations and to hide the source of energy in atomic bombs, in fact, isolated humanity from the Creator, Destroyer and Sustainer of every atom, life and planet in the Solar System - the Sun's PULSAR core!

    Social sanity will be restored by the next super-solar eruption (that occurs every ~1,000 years and resets the evolving stage of human civilization):

    http://sciencenordic.com/sun-can-emit-superflares-every-1000-years

    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/could-earth-be-fried-superflare-sun

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