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It seems to be like a weird artifact of academia not keeping up with technology. Academic publishing used to be a primary means of distributing research findings. At some point it became easier to distribute findings without an academic journal than with, as they generally use pay walls, can take a long time, and do not make the information available to everyone.

The workaround so far are things like sci hub or pre-print containing the same ideas as the final version but called something else to get around journal legal depts. Academic journals still have a function of recruiting peer researchers to review to improve the confidence in the research, but that could be replaced by a much more efficient & publicly transparent system using modern technology.
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Academic journals seem somehow archaic and it is just antiquated at this point yet we can't come up with a better system at the moment to verify findings so besides the paywall thing we really need to come up with a better system even if it's just free online journals with people volunteering their time to verify findings or whatever cause no one should pay $30 a month just to get access to the repository of knowledge now that the Internet is a thing

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