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Bill to require Open Access to Scientific Papers

pickens (49171) writes | more than 6 years ago

The Almighty Buck 2

Ponca City, We Love You writes "Congress is expected to vote this week on a bill requiring investigators funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to publish research papers only in journals that are made freely available within one year of publication. Until now, repeated efforts to legislate such a mandate have failed under pressure from the well-heeled journal publishing industry and some nonprofit scientific societies whose educational activities are supported by the profits from journals that they publish. Scientists assert that open access will speed innovation by making it easier for them to share and build on each other's findings. The measure is contained in a spending bill that boosts the biomedical agency's effective budget by 3.1%, to $29.8 billion in 2008. The open-access requirement in the bill would apply only during fiscal year 2008; it would need to be renewed in yearly spending bills in the future."

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It's about time... (1)

nexidus (1146153) | more than 6 years ago | (#21273295)

My fiance and I have been discussing this issue for years. She is currently writing her dissertation, and I graduated last year. We are both Anthropologists and work closely with professors writing grant proposals for review by NIH. While I don't agree with the Bush Administrations views on cutting funding for the social sciences, I can hardly discredit their views that the social sciences aren't producing squat.

Articles are published in journals so they can be evaluated by peers, but what about the rest of us? We have to pay $40,000+ for tuition. We have to pay upwards of $500-$1000 a semester for textbooks. Where does it stop? Information should be free, and while the whole wikipedia project is a great idea, real research articles should be available to everyone free of charge!

I mean we are paying for it (i.e. taxes -> fed government -> NIH -> universities -> paying for professors to sit around on an island north of Ireland, drinking late into the night while undergrads are UNDERPAID to do the real work for them). Only to have the research paper cost money to viewed by an average person.

Re:It's about time... (1)

jnbszabo (742347) | more than 6 years ago | (#21408941)

Nice food chain diagram - couldn't agree with you more - the irony is we're paying to keep ourselves stupid longer.
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