Off topic: Did you hear of "The Cost of Knowledge" petition?
Thread poster: Catherine GUILLIAUMET

Catherine GUILLIAUMET  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:23
English to French
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May 11, 2012


This morning, I discovered the petition called "The Cost of Knowledge",
signed by scientists around the world who challenge the exorbitant cost
of access to scientific literature and research data, mainly imposed by
3 publishers.

I signed this petition and, as they offer a space for comments, here is
mine :

"As medical translators are the crucial link between researchers and
physicians around the world, while they are mostly free-lancing, they
must access the newest scientific information and research data but they
are hampered too often by the exorbitant and unjustified cost of such an

If you agree with the purposes of this petition, here is the link :

For those who can read French, below is the link to the French article
by, which alerted me, describing the petition and the British
government project of an "open platform" for scientific literature,
designed with the help of the Wikipedia creator, Jimmy Wales.

Have a nice day


Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:23
Member (2010)
Spanish to English
Thanks, Catherine May 11, 2012

Thanks for the info, Catherine. I've signed the petition and tweeted about it.


Catherine GUILLIAUMET  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:23
English to French
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Thanks Emma, May 11, 2012

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

Thanks for the info, Catherine. I've signed the petition and tweeted about it.

You are the best !icon_smile.gif



Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:23
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Danish to English
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Thanks, I've signed May 11, 2012

I have occasionally felt pangs of conscience about not subscribing to some of the journals I 'ought ' to, and then again - I translate to make a living! I simply do not earn enough to subscribe to them all.

If the knowledge in English is expensive, then it is really prohibtively expensive, read inaccessible, to many of the world's poorer students and nations.

Their contributions to research are potentially just as great, so they derserve their share of the benefits too.


Rachel Fell  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:23
French to English
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Me too May 11, 2012

- just now


Stefan Blommaert  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:23
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English to Dutch
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Done! May 11, 2012

Have just confirmed...


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