Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Henry Waxman have joined more than twenty bipartisan co-sponsors of the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation would require federal agencies to provide public online access to articles reporting on the results of federally funded research no more than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Joint bills were introduced in both the House and Senate on February 9 and have attracted broad bipartisan support for their potential to fuel innovation and economic growth.
Archive for March, 2012
Representatives Darryl Issa (R-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), co-sponsors of H.R. 3699, the Research Works Act, have decided not to take further action on the legislation. The bill spurred broad and varied reactions from publishers, researchers, universities, and open-access advocates; most recently, the publisher Elsevier withdrew its support for the legislation.