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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-12-12 06:22 PM
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Lena Groeger
ProPublica / News Report
Published: Thursday 12 January 2012
Taxpayers would have to shell out $15 to $35 to get behind a publishers paid site to read the full research results.



Right now, if you want to read the published results of the biomedical research that your own tax dollars paid for, all you have to do is visit the digital archive of the National Institutes of Health. There youll find thousands of articles on the latest discoveries in medicine and disease, all free of charge.

A new bill in Congress wants to make you pay for that, thank you very much. The Research Works Act would prohibit the NIH from requiring scientists to submit their articles to the online database. Taxpayers would have to shell out $15 to $35 to get behind a publishers paid site to read the full research results. A Scientific American blog said it amounts to paying twice.


Two members of Congress Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. introduced the bill. Rebecca Rosen of The Atlantic finds it curious that Issa, a well-known champion of the open Internet whose own website displays the words keep the web #OPEN, would back a bill that appears to be the polar opposite of open access.

As Michael Eisen, a University of California, Berkeley, biologist and open access supporter, notes, Maloney's support seems no less mystifying since she represents a liberal Democratic district in New York City that is home to many research institutions.

Both Issa and Maloney have received campaign contributions from the Dutch company Elsevier, which calls itself the worlds leading publisher of scientific and medical information. According to MapLight, a website that tracks political cash, Elsevier and its senior executives last year made 31 contributions to House members totaling $29,500. Twelve contributions totaling $8,500 went to Maloney; Issa received two for a total of $2,000.

MUCH MORE and a GOOD READ, at............
http://www.nationofchange.org/new-bill-would-put-taxpay...



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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-12-12 06:28 PM
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 03:06 PM
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2. Charge me once, shame on me. Charge me twice...Well, you can't charge me again!
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