On the most recent podcast, we talked at length about "open science" and the Research Works Act. Now, a representative in congress has proposed its antithesis The Federal Research Public Access Act. Here are the details from Wired:
The Federal Research Public Access Act would:
• Require federal departments and agencies with an annual extramural research budget of $100 million or more, whether funded totally or partially by a government department or agency, to submit an electronic copy of the final manuscript that has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
• Ensure that the manuscript is preserved in a stable digital repository maintained by that agency or in another suitable repository that permits free public access, interoperability, and long-term preservation.
• Require that each taxpayer-funded manuscript be made available to the public online and without cost, no later than six months after the article has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.I'm not saying that our podcast had anything to do with the introduction of this bill, but you can't help but notice how closely the two events coincided...