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The MarXiv Goes Begging

15 Mar 2010, 17:51 UTC
The MarXiv Goes Begging
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Fascinating bit of news in the new PHYSICS TODAY. The MarXiv was advertised as a "free, open" archive for physics papers, and they will rub out anyone who disagrees. A previous post uncovered the Stalinist beliefs of a Marxiv censor. When Marxists are not deleting papers, they have been begging for money. Unfortunately access to PHYSICS TODAY requires a paid subscription. For those outside their academic elitism, the article is presented free and translated:ARXIV SURVIVAL TIED TO NEW FUNDING MODEL"The keepers of the arXiv, the physics community's most popular e-print server, are trying to gather fianacial contributions from society journal publishers and academic institutions that use it. The aim is to lessen arXiv's dependence on the Cornell University library, which has maintained the website since 2001, when it moved with its founder, physicist Paul Ginsparg, from Los Alamos National Laboratory.TRANSLATION: They are out of money"My rough understanding," says Ginsparg, "is that in this current era of declining university budgets across the board, it's difficult for the library to maintain an indefinite commitment to unilateral support of a resource which provides so much benefit outside of the university."TRANSLATION: Cornell library told them to pick other pockets, MarXiv costs too much."Simeon Warner, ...

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