The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 bill would require that federally funded research appearing in peer-reviewed journals be made openly accessible in digital repositories within six months of publication. See: beSpacific and Red Tape Blog. For additional discussion, be sure to include Open Access News and American Scientist Open Access Forum
For some excellent background information on Open Access, good starting points include:
- Electronic Journals and Open Access via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
- Medical Library Association: Statement on Open Access
- Open Access: Where You Publish Makes A Difference via Stanford University Lane Medical Library & Knowledge Management Center
- WMC Library – Open Access via Weill Cornell Medical Library
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