Five people every second are denied access to JSTOR
February 29, 2012
I read in the Chronicle of Higher Education that JSTOR “turns away almost 150 million individual attempts to gain access to articles” every year. 365.25 × 24 × 60 × 60 = 31557600 seconds per year, which means that 4.75 attempts to access papers on JSTOR are refused every second.
Every second, five people somewhere around the world try to enrich their understanding of science, and are prevented from doing so. And that is just on one site. I have no idea what the corresponding figures are on ScienceDirect, Wiley Online Library, etc.
There has to be a better way.