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Category Archive for 'Open access'

Bills, bills, bills …

UPDATE, March 1, 2012:  The Research Works Act (RWA) has been declared dead by the legislators who sponsored it: http://chronicle.com/article/Legislation-to-Bar/130949/ UPDATE, March 5, 2012: 81 scholarly publishers expressed their opposition to FRPAA.  “FRPAA is little more than an attempt at intellectual eminent domain, but without fair compensation to authors”–Tom Allen, president of the Association of […]

A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives, H.R. 3699 – the Research Works Act, would prevent federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health from requiring that articles resulting from the research they fund be made publicly available.  The bill reads, in part: “No Federal agency may adopt, implement, maintain, continue, or […]

In my last post, we left the scholarly enterprise in dire straits.  How has the open access movement developed to respond to the crisis? The Internet, and with it the conversion of scholarly content to electronic form, helped bring the scholarly publishing crisis to a head by increasing the demand for obscure journals and by […]

This week is Open Access Week.  It is not a topic to make anyone’s heart beat faster, but it is an important movement to make scholarly and creative work more accessible to students and researchers, regardless of their (or their institution’s) ability to pay.  What is it, exactly, and why should Wesleyan pay any attention?  […]