Thursday, February 9, 2012

Federal Research Public Access Act

Here is an interesting article about the Federal Research Public Access Act. It provides links to a .pdf file that's 7 pages of the actual bill, which opens up federally-funded research to public access six months after publication (i.e. a really thoughtful name to the bill). What is great about this is that it follows on the heels of the Research Works Act, which would have effectively destroyed such a possibility and nullified the NIH open access policy. The latter bill was backed by Elsevier Publishing and stinks to high heaven; already numerous scientists have signed a boycott of Elsevier Publishing. Read on and contact your state representatives to support FRPAA and squash RWA.

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