[A2k] From James Losey re Seven Public Health Groups write to oppose the "Research Works Act"

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Thu Feb 9 12:19:04 PST 2012


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From: James Losey <jameswlosey at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2012 15:06:33 -0500
Subject: Re: [A2k] Seven Public Health Groups write to oppose the
"Research Works Act"

That's great!

An opposing bill came out from Mike Doyle today. Do people have
thoughts? Details below.

J


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From: Dinkel, Matt
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 10:27 AM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: Doyle Introduces Bill to Ensure Public Access
to Federally-Funded Research



For Immediate Release                       Contact:  202-225-2135



Doyle Introduces Bill to Ensure Public Access to Federally-Funded Research



Washington, DC – February 9, 2012 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle
(D-PA) today introduced bipartisan legislation that directs federal
agencies to encourage open public access to federally funded
scientific research.

“Americans have the right to see the results of research funded with
taxpayer dollars,” Congressman Doyle said in introducing the Federal
Research Public Access Act.  “Yet such research too often gets locked
away behind a pay-wall, forcing those who want to learn from it to pay
expensive subscription fees for access.”

“The Federal Research Public Access Act will encourage broader
collaboration among scholars in the scientific community by permitting
widespread dissemination of research findings.  Promoting greater
collaboration will inevitably lead to more innovative research
outcomes and more effective solutions in the fields of biomedicine,
energy, education, and health care.”

The Federal Research Public Access Act would require federal agencies
with an extramural research budget of $100 million or more to make
federally-funded research available for free online access by the
general public, no later than six months after publication in a
peer-reviewed journal.

The Federal Research Public Access Act would:

    * Require federal departments and agencies with an annual
extramural research budget of $100 million or more, whether funded
totally or partially by a government department or agency, to submit
an electronic copy of the final manuscript that has been accepted for
publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
    * Ensure that the manuscript is preserved in a stable digital
repository maintained by that agency or in another suitable repository
that permits free public access, interoperability, and long-term
preservation.
    * Require that each taxpayer-funded manuscript be made available
to the public online and without cost, no later than six months after
the article has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Original sponsors of the Federal Research Public Access Act are Reps.
Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO).  Identical legislation is
also being introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Sens. John Cornyn
(R-TX), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).



Echoing similar aims, the White House’s Office of Science and
Technology Policy (OSTP) recently issued a Request for Information and
collected recommendations on approaches to ensure broad public access
to federally-funded scientific research.
(http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/library/publicaccess)



Congressman Doyle introduced similar legislation in the 111th
Congress, and he has been working since 2006 to ensure that taxpayers
have access to the research they’ve paid for.



Click here to read the Federal Research Public Access Act.

-- 
Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
http://www.keionline.org
manon.ress at keionline.org




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