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RE: Sabo Bill: Measure Calls for Wider Access to Federally Financed Research
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- From: "Harvey Brenneise" <HBrenne@MPHI.org>
- Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 17:30:58 EDT
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I read the proposal more in terms of who paid for the research (probably a grant) rather than who actually wrote the article. If the research being reported was paid for with federal money, all articles directly resulting from it would be freely available regardless of the author's affiliation. With others here, I am very leery of having a publisher handle this that is anything but non-profit (with some limitations even there--for example, American Chemical Society and American Psychological Association would not seem appropriate). I would not want the publisher to be in the place of having a monopoly AND having to increase profits for shareholders or owners. Perhaps a government agency or quasi-government agency or even university consortium would seem appropriate (perhaps like MiCTA), but an organization that has as its mission to serve the needs of the user. I don't know very much about BioMed Central, but I believe PubMedCentral was set up this way. I also don't know what kind of governance is being proposed for the Public Library of Science. No one has mentioned the current system of page charges yet, but I think it should be part of the discussion. As I understand it, many scientific publishers not only charge subscribers but also charge the authors per page for an article (probably as another way to "get" money from the feds through grants). Unlike others here, I do not see institutional members as another form of library subscription, but rather a way institutions make it possible for their faculty to be professionally productive. Sincerely, Harvey Brenneise Michigan Public Health Institute firstname.lastname@example.org
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