- Researchers post a new article on
the arXiv, for free.
- Researchers submit the article to a publisher, for free.
- Researchers peer review the article for the publisher, for
- Publisher sells the article to research institutes
(including authors' institute), 3500 EUR/article.
- Researchers read the article distributed by the arXiv, for
- Nobody reads the journal article.
(Adapted from a talk by
Räsänen, more details at