House acts on research access

By David
August 6, 2004

“WASHINGTON, AUG. 4 (UPI) — Anger over limits on access to research results, due largely to high publication prices, has risen to the point a federal backlash is brewing.

Congress is moving to force a shift to “open access,” a form of free-to-consumer publishing, for scientific papers. The move angers commercial publishers, who see their livelihoods threatened, and scares scientific societies, who are afraid they will face revenue losses or new costs they cannot afford. Even librarians, who pushed for the move, are cautious, because they are concerned for the health of the scientific societies.

Peer-reviewed journals are the life’s blood of scientific research […]”