[Ip-health] Doyle Introduces Bill to Ensure Public Access to Federally-Funded Research

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Thu Feb 9 12:28:06 PST 2012


February 9, 2012 | Judiciary, Press Releases, Telecommunications and Internet
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 Washington, DC – 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

•	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.

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.

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