Open Access Legislation May Be Included in HHS Budget Bill
Posted on November 3, 2007 Comments (0)
Open Access to Research Funded by U.S. Is at Issue by Rick Weiss:
But proponents — including patient advocates, who want easy access to the latest biomedical findings, and cash-strapped libraries looking for ways to temper escalating subscription costs — have parlayed their consumer-friendly “public access” message into legislative language that has made it into the Senate and House versions of the new HHS bill.
The opponents of open science are lobbying to keep scientific research funded by taxpayers unavailable to the public. As I have said before it is time to stop supporting those who attempt to stop scientific progress. The out of date thinking behind closed access journals should be discouraged and those journals fighting progress should not be supported. This legislation would bring openness to federal research in a similar manner to the steps taken by Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced for research they fund.
Related: Publishers Continue to Fight Open Access to Science – Science Journal Publishers Stay Stupid – I Support the Public Library of Science – Open Access Legislation supported by 25 leading university provosts (2006)