Scholarly Communication in Legislative News

House Bill H.R.3699 may effect your publishing rights. It is 1/2 a page and relatively easy read.

The gist is that publishers are concerned that the Open Access trend is gaining ground and will threaten their revenues.  This is the third try at this legislation. It is essentially to reverse the NIH mandate that publicly funded research articles be deposited in PubMed Central where these articles are freely available to citizens. Publishers are already protected by an up to 12 months embargo before having the deposit in PubMed Central.

Appalchian State University particpates in NC DOCKS as an open access repository of open access information. The bill would end this and limit any other agency from enacting similar provisions.

The Atlantic magazine published a good article on the topic.

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