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Sunday, July 22, 2007

More on the coming OA mandate at the NIH

Brandon Keim, One Small Vote for House, One Giant Leap for Open Science, Wired News, July 20, 2007.

The House of Representatives yesterday [July 19] approved a bill mandating that all agency-funded research be made freely available within a year of publication.

Anyone who's ever had to finagle access to expensively firewalled journal articles knows how great this is. And heck, I usually want the articles for a story or my own science geek entertainment. Do this for doctors and researchers, and a lot of good could come out of it.

(If that doesn't move you, just be selfish. We funded the research, so we deserve to see it. And no whining about government meddling -- under the current NIH Public Access Policy, which stipulates the same thing but makes it voluntary, only 5% of eligible manuscripts are submitted to the public.)

A similar bill will be considered by the Senate later this summer. So look up your own senators and send 'em an email: free the science!