Posts by Peter Suber
This blog post is from Peter Suber, long-time OA advocate and Director of the Harvard Open Access Project. This is cross-posted from his Friday, February 22, posting on Google Plus.
The Obama White House today directed federal agencies to develop open-access policies within the next six months. The directive comes from John Holdren, President Obama's chief Science Advisor.
On June 25, Senators John Cornyn and Joe Lieberman re-introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA, S.1373) in the Senate.
This is an important development. FRPAA would essentially extend the NIH open-access policy across the federal government. Most federally-funded researchers would be required to deposit their peer reviewed manuscripts in a suitable open access repository at the time of acceptance for publication, and the repositories would be required to release the open access copies no later than six months after publication.
Currently, the NIH and the Institute of Education Sciences (within the Dept of Ed) are the only federal agencies with similar policies, and both of them allow 12 month delays, not just the FRPAA six month delay. FRPAA would apply to all unclassified research funded in whole or part by agencies whose budgets for extramural research are $100 million/year or greater.
The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has issued a call to action to defend the NIH policy against the Conyers bill. Excerpt:
Last week, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (Rep. John Conyers, D-MI) re-introduced a bill that would reverse the NIH Public Access Policy and make it impossible for other federal agencies to put similar policies into place. The legislation is H.R. 801: the “Fair Copyright in Research Works Act”.
Two publisher groups which supported the Conyers bill
the last time around are supporting it again. No surprises
From the Statement of Patrick Ross, Executive Director of the
Alliance, February 4, 2009:
The Copyright Alliance praises House Judiciary
Committee Chairman John Conyers for introducing HR-801, the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act....