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.