Academic oligarchy: Majority of science publishing is controlled by just six companies


I suppose this is no real surprise, but it is certainly a disappointment when highlighted as such an obvious adulteration of our science processes. Distorted and unbalanced publishing of scientific matters is a most serious situation which carries right down through the chain of media publishing and both public and student education.

Let’s look at a few examples where this might be happening, and their ramifications:

The most obvious – “climate change” issues, adversely affecting all countries financial well-being and political stability.

Less obvious but of great importance to our health – forced en-masse vaccinations.

Thirdly, but not of least importance – the “war on(of) terror”, resulting in millions of deaths and injuries and major sovereign country de-stabilization.

If only “politically correct” research, published and reported information is encouraged, funded and flooded onto the world’s populace collective perceptions, there is every chance that it will be accepted as truth and reality.

However, are we not seeing here the probability that what we learn from mainstream sources is, based on an unbalanced reality? It would be naive to hope that such an awareness will create an immediate shift in peoples beliefs, but it might be expected that the public develops an enquiring mind-set rather than one of uncritical acceptance.

A deeper consideration of this unbalanced information chain takes us to the question – “why is it so”? How and why has it developed? Many bloggers believe that they see and understand the answers, but it is difficult for the general public to go there, until they accept that, to some degree or other, there is a brain-washing issue.

From ‘Natural News‘, .

(NaturalNews) The flow of science in this modern age is largely controlled by just six corporate publishing groups, which by calculated design have been gobbling up the journal market since at least the 1970s. And a new study out of Canada reveals that this mass consolidation of publishing power is, to a large extent, skewing what passes as scientific progress.

Researchers from the University of Montreal pored through the whole of scientific literature published between 1973 and 2013 and found that the publishing realm has changed dramatically during this time. Many smaller publishers have been absorbed into larger ones, for instance, and academic research groups have become increasingly beholden to the interests of these major publishers, which tend to favor large industries like pharmaceuticals and vaccines.

Much of the independence that was once cherished within the scientific community, in other words, has gone by the wayside as these major publishers have taken control and now dictate what types of content get published. The result is a publishing oligopoly in which scientists are muzzled by and overarching trend toward politically correct, and industry-favoring, “science.”

“Overall, the major publishers control more than half of the market of scientific papers both in the natural and medical sciences and in the social sciences and humanities,” said Professor Vincent Lariviere, lead author of the study from the University of Montreal’s School of Library and Information Science.

Read the complete article here.

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http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/05/16/editor-in-chief-of-worlds-best-known-medical-journal-half-of-all-the-literature-is-false/ ( Editor In Chief Of World’s Best Known Medical Journal: Half Of All The Literature Is False )

 

 

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About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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