Nobel Prize Winning Scientists Say Federally Funded Research Should Be Available Free Online

from the good-for-them dept

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.

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    TheStupidOne, 12 Nov 2009 @ 8:29am


    "Journals will be forced to be public access, libraries will cancel expensive subscriptions, and then the journals (rather than, say, cutting profits and/or costs) will charge people to have their papers published. The scientists will then add these publishing costs to their NSF grant applications."

    Or the researchers can just band together and form a non-profit publication. Or just skip print media and put it all online. I bet they can find a way to post their research for free online where it is easily accessible. If they can't find anything I'll suggest a blog.

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