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US bill proposes speeding up free online access to federally funded research

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 20 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2895
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

A new bill in the US Congress would require all federally funded research to be placed online for free access within six months of publication, instead of the present 12 months.

The Federal Research Public Access Act comes on the heels of a heated battle over the Research Works Act, a bill introduced to Congress in December 2011 that would have prevented federal agencies from requiring researchers to freely disseminate their work without the publisher’s prior permission (BMJ 2012;344:e452, doi:10.1136/bmj.e452).

The Research Works Act was initially supported by the global publishing giant Elsevier until late February, when it withdrew its support after widespread criticism of the act …

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