Something that needs attention

For all of our american members, the Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently taking opinions on how/what should be done to make research that was paid for with government funds available to the public for free, instead of allowing online journals to charge for it.

A bit of background information: in 2013 Obama issued a presidential directive to get this done. In the time since then an inter-agency subcommittee was formed, and to date they have yet to so much as pick what standard they want to have everything formatted in. Over the last year there have been a lot of meetings between the OSTP and different publishers, including many whose business model relies on charging for access to research.

They will only be taking opinions until March 16th, so if you want to weigh in on this email your comments in a machine readable format to [email protected] and use "RFI Response: Public Access" in the subject line.

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