Research Works Act down for now

As reported by Rebecca Trager in ResearchUSA Research Professional, Elsevier withdrew its support of the U.S. Congress’s Research Works Act (after more than 7,000 researchers signed a petition to boycott them) and Darryl Issa and Carolyn Mahoney “announced that it was effectively dead.”  (No mention, at least in the Research Professional article, of petitions to the Congresspeople having an effect similar to a huge corporation’s action–author of this blog welcomes further information.)

Trager’s report stated

The growth in open access publishers would continue as the costs of publishing continued to be driven down by new technology, the lawmakers said, calling this trend the wave of the future.

Obviously the lawmakers have never worked in a library.  “[C]osts of publishing continued to be driven down by new technology” indeed.  Author of this blog welcomes further progress in that trend.

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