One of the world's largest funders of science is to throw its weight behind a growing campaign to break the stranglehold of academic journals and allow all research papers to be shared online.
Nearly 9,000 researchers have already signed up to a boycott of journals that restrict free sharing as part of a campaign dubbed the "academic spring" by supporters due to its potential for revolutionising the spread of knowledge.
People may wonder why, when it comes to earthquakes, I am 'All Hat and No Cattle'. Two things: first, getting references is intensely boring, and second, there's nothing this side of the Pay Wall.
When I wrote a lot for Wikipedia, I stuck with pictures and references on the web, copyright-free. That pretty well confined you to the USGS! Soon I ran out of things! I've noticed now that a lot of those writers have pumped up their articles with unobtainable references, which goes along well with their poor interpretations. :)