Erika, I agree with a lot of what’s here but want to also point out that making scholarship a commercial endeavor kind of defeats the point. Academia is meant to be an antidote to the mindless commercial world where whatever popular somehow morphs into the important or true. All that is popular is not important. While I think the best scholarship finds its way to the general public through high quality trade pubs, a lot do not (cause the studies are small or the findings not eye-poppingly important in the moment). While to a general audience, the exhaustive lit. review and methodology are excruciatingly boring, to a fellow scholar, it’s actually important and shows the rigorousness of your study. (And an Aziz Ansari style introduction, readable as it is, is not going to cut it.) Also want to point out the article that ran in the Times last weekend, which your post may be responding to: /http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/opinion/sunday/should-all-research-papers-be-free.html I agree that it seems absurd to put in all this work for an article you are not even paid for, but I think it’s what being a public scholar is supposed to be about. Want to also point out that the journals are not making gobs of money. According to the Times article, the databases are making some money, but I believe they are providing a service,no? Not saying the system doesn’t need some changes, but there is a difference between the academic and the commercial that are important to respect and understand.