According to Wired, Scientific publishing might have just reached a tipping point, thanks to a new open access policy at MIT. . . [MIT's] faculty voted last week to make all of their papers available for free on the web, the first university-wide policy of its sort.
MIT’s Hal Abelson argued that this move “changed the power dynamics between scientific publishers and researchers.” He pointed out that publishers “have been reluctant to give up control of the informational resources they have.” Open access advocates have argued that “the current scientific publishing paradigm is broken because publishers control the scientific record, not academics”