Originally Posted by BobR
Not too long ago I was trying to find some information from research journals. Everywhere I turned I was amazed to find that you really could get to published research and maybe even working papers. But at every turn it seemed you couldn't get past the abstract and into the full article unless you had an account. I guess that means either you spend lots of money or you get access through your academic institution, library or company.
I've been through the same experience when researching articles myself. My initial excitement after finding the articles I was looking for was soon dampened by the costs involved. Thank goodness that Universities allow for free access to enrolled students and teachers.
Google's plans seem very interesting although like you say I believe that published research will still cost even in the future. Still, very exciting news all the same!