For many years, there's been a lot of debate over the fact that many scientific journals effectively lock up the results of federally funded research in expensive journals that are inaccessible to the public -- including many other researchers. Locking up useful research is troubling enough, but when it's federally funded, it's really problematic. Many scientists are quite troubled by this, and Glyn Moody
points out that a group of Nobel Prize-winning scientists has now urged Congress to require federally-funded research to be freely available online
. Really, they're pushing in favor of a new law, the The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009
, which seems to make a lot of sense. If the government is funding the research, the more widely available it is, the better.