How much does it cost to buy all my scientific articles?

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How much does it cost to buy all my scientific articles?

Disregarding the slight difference in exchange rate between the current Euro and USD the answer is around 1’200 USD/Euros. That is the amount of money I would have to pay to download all the scientific articles I have been involved in, – if I did not have access to a university library with subscription. I have signed off the copyright to many articles to a long string of publishers, Elsevier, Wiley, IEEE, Springer, etc., and I no longer control the publication.

I have added a good number of my articles to Wikidata including the price for each article. The SPARQL-based Wikidata Query Service is able to generate a table with the price information, see here. The total sum is also available after a slight modication of the SPARQL query.

The Wikidata Query Service can also generate plots, for instance, of the price per page as a function of the publication date (choose “Graph builder” under “Display”). In the plot below the unit (currency) is mixed USD and Euro. (there seem to be  an issue with the shapes in the legend)


Something like 3 to 4 USD/Euros per page seems to what an eyesight averaging comes to.

Among the most expensive articles are the ones from the journal Neuroinformatics published by Springer: 43.69 Euros for each article. Wiley articles cost 38 USD and the Elsevier articles around 36 USD. The Association for Computing Machinery sells their articles for only 15 USD. A bargain.

It may be difficult to find the price of the articles. Science claims that “Science research is available free with registration one year after initial publication.” However, I was not able to get to the full text for The Real Power of Artificial Markets on the Science website. On one page you can stubble onto this: “Purchase Access to this Article for 1 day for US$30.00” and that is what I put into Wikidata. The article is fairly short so this price makes it the priciest article per page.


I ought to write something discerning about the state of scientific publishing. However, I will instead redirect you to a recent blog post by Tal Yarkoni.


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