B – Improving access to research

Courant PN, O’Donnell JJ, Okerson A et al. Improving access to research. Science 2010; 327(5964):393
(doi: 10.1126/science.1186933)

A recent report, issued by the US House Science and Technology Committee’s Roundtable on Scholarly Publishing, recommends that journal articles derived from federal research funding should be made publicly available as quickly as practicable (generally, in a year or less after publication). The report calls for each US funding agency to develop public access policies and focuses on the critical role of peer review, the need for continued engagement among stakeholders, and the importance of fostering innovation.