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Saturday, September 04, 2004

More on the NIH OA plan

Danielle Belopotosky, Online federal library on health research sparks outcry,, September 3, 2004. Excerpt: "A battle over a proposal to make taxpayer-funded medical research reports available to the public is brewing on Capitol Hill, pitting some publishers and members of the scientific and medical communities against each other. 'The issue here is research that has been created with taxpayer money,' said Rick Johnson, director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. The coalition is part of the Open Access Working Group that has promoted the notion of open access to research....Roughly 60,000 NIH-funded reports are written each year, and more than 25,000 journals publish research articles from various sources. Libraries likely would not cancel current journal subscriptions as a result of the repository, he said, because they also need the other research. NIH, which has a $28 billion budget, is not asking for additional appropriations, Johnson said, but is seeking a more efficient way to get its research to people who can benefit from it and who pay for it....But some publishers say the move would create a government-mandated repository without evidentiary hearings. 'It is extremely unfair,' said Barbara Meredith, vice president of professional and scholarly publishing for the Association of American Publishers (AAP). She said the move 'would signal the demise' of scientific publishers."