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Monday, March 09, 2009

Another society opposes the NIH policy without consulting its members

Thomas Walker, an entomologist at the U of Florida, discovered that his (unnamed) professional society took a position against the NIH policy without consulting the members.  In a recent letter it asked members to sign a petition in support of DC Principles Coalition, an organization which lobbies against the NIH policy and in favor of the Conyers bill.

Walker would like to know whether other societies taking similar steps.

PS:  I've often seen society publishers take a public stance against the NIH policy or FRPAA without apparently consulting their members.  See examples from 2006, 2007, 2008. Also see our past posts on Walker.