Friday, January 6, 2012

One step forward, two steps back - Publishers fight open-access in Congress

In the latest attempt to stop open access, publishers are mounting an all out attack via Congress.  In an article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed -
"The main lobby group representing book publishers is making another push back against open-access efforts affecting scientific journals. The Association of American Publishers and its Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division have endorsed a bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican of California who is chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The legislation, HR 3699, would generally prohibit federal agencies from freely distributing journal articles that report on federally sponsored scientific research."

If you haven't already contacted your representatives to support open access for federally funded research, please do so today.

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  1. Excellent rebuttal to this proposed act by the New York Times -
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/11/opinion/research-bought-then-paid-for.html
    OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
    Research Bought, Then Paid For
    By MICHAEL B. EISEN
    Published: January 10, 2012


    Berkeley, Calif.

    "THROUGH the National Institutes of Health, American taxpayers have long supported research directed at understanding and treating human disease. Since 2009, the results of that research have been available free of charge on the National Library of Medicine’s Web site, allowing the public (patients and physicians, students and teachers) to read about the discoveries their tax dollars paid for.

    But a bill introduced in the House of Representatives last month threatens to cripple this site. The Research Works Act would forbid the N.I.H. to require, as it now does, that its grantees provide copies of the papers they publish in peer-reviewed journals to the library. If the bill passes, to read the results of federally funded research, most Americans would have to buy access to individual articles at a cost of $15 or $30 apiece. In other words, taxpayers who already paid for the research would have to pay again to read the results."

    Read complete editorial here - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/11/opinion/research-bought-then-paid-for.html

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