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MEDICAL: RESEARCH : MEDICAL: PUBLICATIONS : LAW: LEGISLATION : PUBLISHERS PUBLISHING AND PUBLICATIONS: ACADEMIC AND SCHOLARLY : UNITED STATES: GOVERNMENT : INFORMATION ACCESS: New Bill Would Put Taxpayer-Funded Science Behind Pay Walls

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MEDICAL: RESEARCH :

MEDICAL: PUBLICATIONS :

LAW: LEGISLATION :

PUBLISHERS PUBLISHING AND PUBLICATIONS: ACADEMIC AND SCHOLARLY :

UNITED STATES: GOVERNMENT :

INFORMATION ACCESS:

New Bill Would Put Taxpayer-Funded Science Behind Pay Walls

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New Bill Would Put Taxpayer-Funded Science Behind Pay Walls

by Lena Groeger

ProPublica

January 12, 2012, 10:32 a.m.

http://www.propublica.org/article/new-bill- 
would-put-taxpayer-funded-science-behind-pay-walls

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/7lywwv8

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Right now, if you want to read the published results of the biomedical 
research that your own tax dollars paid for, all you have to do is visit 
the digital archive of the National Institutes of Health. There youll find 
thousands of articles on the latest discoveries in medicine and disease, 
all free of charge.

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A new bill in Congress wants to make you pay for that, thank you very 
much. The Research Works Act would prohibit the NIH from requiring 
scientists to submit their articles to the online database. Taxpayers 
would have to shell out $15 to $35 to get behind a publishers paid site to 
read the full research results. A Scientific American blog said it amounts 
to paying twice.

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Two members of Congress  Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Carolyn 
Maloney, D-N.Y.  introduced the bill. Rebecca Rosen ofThe Atlantic finds 
it curious that Issa, a well-known champion of the open Internet whose own 
website displays the words keep the web #OPEN, would back a bill that 
appears to be the polar opposite of open access.

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As Michael Eisen, a University of California, Berkeley, biologist and open 
access supporter, notes, Maloney's support seems no less mystifying since 
she represents a liberal Democratic district in New York City that is home 
to many research institutions.

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Both Issa and Maloney have received campaign contributions from the Dutch 
company Elsevier, which calls itself the worlds leading publisher of 
scientific and medical information. According to MapLight, a website that 
tracks political cash, Elsevier and its senior executives last year made 
31 contributions to House members totaling $29,500. Twelve contributions 
totaling $8,500 went to Maloney; Issa received two for a total of $2,000.

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In his response to a recent White House request for information on public 
access in research, Harvard Provost Alan Garber calls the current 
situation an access crisis. He argues that public access is crucial to 
growing businesses, which need access to cutting-edge research to 
stimulate innovation, develop new products, improve existing ones, and 
create jobs.

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If the NIH policy is flawed, writes Garber, it is for allowing needlessly 
long delays before the public gains access to this body of publicly funded 
research, and for allowing needless restrictions on the public use and 
reuse of this research.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Related Links

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PMC

PMC is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal 
literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of 
Medicine (NIH/NLM).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/

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Bill Text

112th Congress (2011-2012)

H.R.3699.IH

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.3699:

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How much does it cost to get a scientific paper?

Category: PubMed  Science education  biotechnology

Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:19 PM, by Sandra Porter

http://scienceblogs.com/digitalbio/ 
2012/01/how_much_does_it_cost_to_get_a.php

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http://tinyurl.com/6vq2wjg

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The Backstory:  As it stands today,when one of the National Institutes of 
Health (NIH) provides the funding for a scientific research project, and 
those results are published, they must be made freely available to public, 
within a set period of time.  The reasoning behind this requirement is 
that taxpayers funded everything about the research except for the final 
publication, and so they have already paid for access.

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The Research Works Act (#RWA), HR 3699, is a bill in the House of 
Representatives that would roll back this requirement.  If it passes, 
taxpayers will most likely have to pay exorbitant fees for access to 
publicly-funded research.  I'll explain why in a moment.

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The Research Works Act will harm science education because students and 
instructors at small colleges and community colleges generally lack access 
to scientific journals and we will no longer be able to afford to use 
scientific literature in our courses.

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Why Is Open-Internet Champion Darrell Issa Supporting an Attack on Open 
Science?

By Rebecca J. Rosen

Jan 5 2012, 2:01 PM ET

The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/why-is-open- 
internet-champion-darrell-issa-supporting-an-attack-on-open-science/ 
250929/

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/6qzugvp

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In response to our request for comment, his office provided us with a 
statement saying, "Publicly funded research is and must continue to be 
absolutely available to the public. We must also protect the value added 
to publicly funded research by the private sector and ensure that there is 
still an active commercial and non-profit research community. The bill has 
been introduced to ensure that the intellectual property rights of 
commercial and non-profit journal publishers are not violated by 
government regulators disseminating their privately owned articles for 
free." Congressman Issa wants to have it both ways -- make the research 
available *and* protect private publishers -- but this bill only furthers 
one of those goals, and it's the latter.

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And that's just it. If the goal is protecting the publishing industry, 
this bill's a winner. But for those interested in improving access to 
scientific research, they should stay far, far away.

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Maplight

Contributions

http://maplight.org/us-congress/contributions?sort=asc&order=
Recipient&s=1&office_party=House%2CDemocrat%2CRepublican%
2CIndependent&election=2012&string=Elsevier&business_sector=
any&business_industry=any&source=All

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/6sca3wt

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H.R.801 - Fair Copyright in Research Works Act

To amend title 17, United States Code, with respect to works connected to 
certain funding agreements.

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h801/text

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