Friday, September 29, 2006

Open Access In America

When Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 this spring, many scientists had a warm fuzzy feeling: The bill would require any published paper drawing on research funded by a major US government agency to be put online within six months, enabling anyone with Internet access to obtain the latest scientific research.

The bill isn't yet passed, but a look at the possible consequences (and at the state of the open access movement in general) is here.