July 29, 2014

Elsevier Withdraws Support For the Research Works Act But Continues to Oppose Government Mandates

UPDATE: Full Text of Letter From Elsevier to Mathematics Community Released today. It includes the following paragraph: To make clear that we are committed to wider access, we have made the archives of 14 core mathematics journals open, from four years after publication, back to 1995, the year when we started publishing digitally. All current […]

New Legislation: Bill Would Require Public Access to Taxpayer-Supported Research (Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012)

UPDATE: Federal Research Public Access Act 2012 FAQ (via Alliance For Taxpayer Access) UPDATE: Full Text: Letter from ALA, SLA, SAA,  Progressive Librarians Guild, OMB Watch, OpentheGovernment.org & Others In Opposition of Research Works Act (PDF) UPDATE: Seven public health groups write to oppose the “Research Works Act” (via Knowledge Ecology International) From The Chronicle of […]

Interview: "Elsevier’s Alicia Wise on the RWA, the West Wing, and Universal Access"

Not only does Poynder provide a superb summary of what’s going on with the Research Works Act legislation to this point but also he gets substantial answers to many important questions from Elsevier’s director of universal access, Alicia Wise. A  blog post containing the summary of the RWA situation and highlights from the interview can […]

Brown University Condemns Research Works Act Legislation

From The Brown Daily Herald: The University has publicly condemned a bill that would require publishers to approve open access to government-funded research. [Clip] The University condemned the legislation for “a whole variety of reasons,” said Provost Mark Schlissel P’15. He cited the limitations it could impose on community access to student and faculty research […]

Who Gets to See Published Research? (Research Works Act)

From The Chronicle of Higher Education (by Jennifer Howard): In a 19-page statement submitted to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the publishers’ association argued against the idea that the government should get to decide what happens to the results of research it helps support financially. “It has become necessary for publishers to pointedly […]

Copyright Alliance Issues Statement Supporting Research Works Act

Surprised? Not at all. Copyright Alliance, a group that has many of the largest content providers and associations as members. Membership includes Elsevier, AAP, CBS, Disney, and the Newspaper Association of America. In addition, organizations like NASCAR, NBA, and the NCAA are members. Copyright Alliance has issued a statement in support of the Research Works […]

ALA Posts Comments About Research Works Act, "Vehemently" Opposes Bill

From an ALA District Dispatch Post: In a perplexing turn of events, Rep. Issa (R-CA) recently introduced the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699), on December 16, 2011. Co-sponsored by Rep. Mahoney (D-NY), the bill would effectively turn back the clock on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access policy put into place in 2008.  […]