Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Money Talks, Free Access Walks
Right now, there's a proposal in Congress to forbid the government from requiring scientists who receive taxpayer funds for medical research to publish their findings openly on the Internet.
This ban on "open access publishing" (which is currently required) would result in a lot of government-funded research being published exclusively in for-profit journals -- inaccessible to the general public.
The authors of this post point out that Conyers received twice as much money from the publishing industry as those on the relevant committee who are not sponsors.