I was disturbed by this news.
This represents a colossal wastage of the public funds and something that has been lost forever.
Eighty-four online-only, open-access (OA) journals in the sciences, and nearly 100 more in the social sciences and humanities, have disappeared from the internet over the past 2 decades as publishers stopped maintaining them, potentially depriving scholars of useful research findings, a study has found.Dozens of scientific journals have vanished from the internet, and no one preserved them | Science | AAAS
Here’s something from the article and I quote:
It’s not clear how many subscription-based journals also have gone dark in recent years. But such journals have some advantages over OA titles when it comes to preservation, says Mikael Laakso of the Hanken School of Economics, one of the authors of the new study. “Subscription-based content has historically been better covered by libraries, either by having paper copies on shelves or electronically,” he wrote in an email. “There’s been established processes, budgets, and culture in place for libraries to preserve purchased content, while what is just out there available for anyone to download for free has not been enrolled in such processes and thus runs the risk of falling through the cracks if the publisher vanishes.”
The libraries don’t have unlimited budgets and in these times of shortened attention spans, it would only lead to reworking the clock and making things worse for the future course of the generations of researchers for the “research” since the previous references are just lost into nothingness.