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May 23, 2011


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I'm not sure how the iTunes model would work for journals. Wouldn't each institution end up buying the "hits" multiple times? I've seen how a hot NEJM article can get downloaded hundreds of times in a week. Wouldn't that cost more than buying the volume/album? (There's no way a publisher would allow an institution to buy an article once and then get it free after that...)

And how would publishers trying to sell "hits" affect the review process? A scientific article could be perfectly valid ("got a decent beat"), but if it didn't have that "hot single" feel about it, it could get passed over.

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