Last month Rep. Darrell E. Issa introduced legislation, the Research Works Act that would effectively prohibit the federal government from requiring open, free access to federally funded research.
The Association of American Publishers issued a statement in support of this legislation.
- Publishers Applaud “Research Works Act,” Bipartisan Legislation To End Government Mandates on Private-Sector Scholarly Publishing, Friday, 23 December 2011.
Peter Suber has been tracking this and Gary Price has links to Peter’s posts and other information about this issue here.
Gary also has an interesting post about some members of the AAP that you would think might oppose the Research Work Act, but who have not yet spoken out against it or the AAP announcement.
- Why Is Open-Internet Champion Darrell Issa Supporting an Attack on Open Science?, by Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic (Jan 5 2012).
[The] bill would prohibit all federal agencies from putting any privately published articles into an online database, even — and this is the kicker — those articles based on research funded by the public if they have received “any value-added contribution, including peer review or editing” from a private publisher. This is a direct attack on the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed Central, the massive free online repository of articles resulting from research funded with NIH dollars. Similar bills have been introduced twice before, in 2008 and 2009, and have failed both times.
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