To most people, the world of scientific publishing is pretty opaque — and even if you try to explain it, it doesn’t seem to make much sense. Here’s the gist of it: the writers don’t get paid, the people checking and editing the text don’t get paid, and yet downloading a single paper (which is usually around 10-20 pages) costs around $40.
To make matters even worse, it often takes months and months to get a paper through, a process which can be very stressful and time-consuming for all researchers involved. In a new article, three researchers propose a new solution for that. They call it Plan U, for “Universal”.