Just how many scholars and researchers are running into paywalls as they go about their work? A new initiative, the Open Access Button, is in the process of making it very clear.
Launched on Tuesday, the Open Access Button is a browser bookmarkletÂ to be used like so: whenever a researcher encounters a paywall, they click the button, and their individual moment of frustration and denial is added to a world map.
As Joseph McArthur, one of the creators, says:
We created The Open Access Button to collect these separate experiences and to showcase the global magnitude of the problem.