B- Roundtable participants find near-consensus on free access to results of publicly funded research

David Kramer:

The premise of Harold Varmus for free online access to all published NIH work is very simple: taxpayers are not supposed to pay to “to see the results of the research that they paid for” in the first place. After ten years of pressure, thanks to a Congress mandate since mid 2008 all the article by NIH can be freely accessed on PubMed Central Archive – however, after a year of publication. Not all agencies complied due to the fact that there is less interest in non-health related issues. Recently the President Obama himself pushed the agencies to “take extraordinary steps to open their data … to public scrutiny”. However, the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House that required all federal agencies to provide free access to scholarly articles they fund and the Panel set up for this purpose – u can find the “Report and Recommendations from the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable at: http://democrats.science.house.gov/Media/file/Reports/Additional%20Reports/Scholarly_Publishing_Roundtable_Report_and_Recommendations_1.13.10.pdf (made up of librarians, university administrators, academic researchers and publishers;) following the response given to the issue, will have to find a sort of compromise legislation to build a bridge that suits the need of publishers, universities and the public alike.