Thursday, May 11, 2006

US research wants to be free

John CornynTwo senior US senators have introduced legislation that would require government-funded research to be published in open access journals six months after appearing on subscription-only sites. This follows a report recommending the same to the EU. The UK Research Councils are still prevaricating after a gale of criticism from publishers when they proposed open access requirements last year:

Peter Willis, Liberal Democrat MP and chairman of the science and technology select committee, said the proposed US law should serve as a warning to the government this side of the Atlantic that the current model needs to be changed. "This is yet another example of the dissemination of research moving into the 21st century and the UK must not be left behind," he said. "To cling on to what are basically 19th-century principles of publishing research seems to me a rather bizarre concept in the 21st century."


Peter Suber said...

The US bill would not require authors to publish in OA journals but to deposit in OA archives or repositories. This leaves them free to publish in any journal in which they can get their work accepted.

To track the news on the bill (and other OA developments, see Open Access News.

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Many institutions limit access to their online information. Making this information available will be an asset to all.

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