Part of the problem I ran into for getting a physics article published was that you have to pay to get published. This is something that physicists usually accept, because they don’t directly pay for it: their institution does. For me, this was a problem, though: I could hardly justify to my family to pay a few hundred bucks or more just for the “vanity” of getting published, even less so when Internet gives me a perfectly good outlet to reach a wider audience at no incremental cost.

But I just discovered that there is another category of people that is hurt by these page charges: retired physicists… Retired = can’t publish? That’s odd…


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