A researcher in certain field spend months on research and then start writing the research work and aim to send this work to reputed journal(of course paid or probably through open access), then the research work goes to reviewers for reviewing, who also spend many days on reviewing this work, finally when this work of author is accepted, the publisher put this work of author on sale to universities/colleges.
Now in this whole scenario author get no monetary benefit neither the reviewer and the publisher would earn millions on such paid articles by just handling the process of publication which is fully automated these days.
So my question is, to what extent this business run by publishers is ethical? Then why they get really mad when one young girl(Alexandra Elbakyan) from Ukraine started stealing their paid articles through SCI-HUB ? After all they (publisher) are hugely earning without any significant investment.
Finally, isn't this unfair that author and reviewer are not part of income earned by publisher by selling their work to universities and colleges.