A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would prevent alternative access to papers published in for-profit journals. Heather Joseph’s blog post points out that it is designed to roll back the NIH policy. It is supported by the Association of Academic Publishers, whose spokesman said it’s all about JOBS! (as is everything else in the U.S. Congress these days). As reported in ResearchProfessional, “ ‘America’s PSP publishers are making more research information available to more people, through more channels, than ever before in our history,’ said Tom Allen, AAP’s president and CEO.
“ ‘At a time when job retention, US exports, scholarly excellence, scientific integrity and digital copyright protection are all priorities, the Research Works Act ensures the sustainability of this industry,’ he added.”
Democratic legislators are starting to take up the matter after hearing from the academic community. As reported by Richard Poynder in Open and shut (on this blog’s blogroll), MIT is once again leading the way as its Press announced that it does not support the Act, and there are calls to other presses to follow, and individuals are taking up the cause–Poynder cites (links to) a particularly link-rich echo by Jonathan Eisen, a biologist and Open Access advocate, which links to another Open Science blog by Cameron Neylon in the UK implicating the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Association of Academic Publishers.