Saturday, May 20, 2006

Want Better Access to Medical Research?

Pending legislation would make taxpayer-funded research freely available to the public:
"The bipartisan Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006, introduced on May 2, 2006 by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT), would require that US Government agencies with annual extramural research expenditures of over $100 million make manuscripts of journal articles stemming from research funded by that agency publicly available via the Internet. The manuscripts will be maintained and preserved in a digital archive maintained by that agency or in another suitable repository that permits free public access, interoperability, and long-term preservation. Each manuscript will be freely available to users without charge within six months after it has been published in a peer-reviewed journal."
The bill is expected to increase access to non-classified research from the following agencies:
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation

  • Frequently Asked Questions (about the bill) - Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 - Information Today, Inc.
  • Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 - The Alliance for Taxpayer Access
  • Cornyn Bill Would Improve Taxpayer Access to Federally Funded Research - website of US Senator John Cornyn, a sponsor of the bill
  • NIH Public Access - National Institutes of Health, which previously instituted a voluntary policy for access to federally-funded research
  • Bill Seeks Access to Tax-Funded Research

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    MeSH Tags: Access to Information/legislation and jurisprudence; Information Dissemination; Publishing; Research Support
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