The enormous and sumptuous profits raked in by scientific and academic publishers are regularly commented on by the international research community. In the article entitled 'The enormous profits of STM scholarly publishers', Heather Morrison, with figures to back up her argument, once again illustrates their indecent nature:
These figures are taken from chapter 2 of her thesis: Morrison, Heather (2011). Scholarly communication in crisis. Freedom for scholarship in the internet age. PhD Dissertation (in progress), which in turn cites a 2011 article published in The Economist.
Some recent and edifying articles on the subject!