By Samuel Ugwumba*
Suppose you are an independent researcher (whether from developing or developed country) intending to find the cause of an infectious disease, the first step is to find out what others have written about it. And as any researcher knows, a search entry in an online database could turn up hundreds of results. The price limitation in accessing these results—leaving aside the legal and technological barriers— would almost prohibitively hinder not only the independent researcher but also those institutionally affiliated; after all, institutions have resource limits (serials crisis) and this is even truer for developing countries for obvious reasons. More important is that price limitations could dictate what research will be carried out. As a matter of development, developing countries should be able to carry out research that addresses their development concerns. How else are we to develop if the researches carried out address only the needs of developed countries?