Academic publishers urge Trump not to demand open access for federally funded researchBMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l7064 (Published 20 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l7064
- Owen Dyer
More than 125 journal publishers and scientific and medical societies have signed a letter to Donald Trump asking him to reverse a policy they believe is being prepared that would require any journal publishing research that received US federal funding to make the article freely available without a subscription, immediately on publication.1
Currently, under the terms of a 2013 agreement, journal publishers may charge readers for federally funded research articles for 12 months from publication, after which the paywall must come down.
The revenue from those 12 months is essential to pay the costs of publication, the letter’s signatories argue. But, they write, “we have learned that …