Friday, October 09, 2009

Bill to Expand Open Access Beyond NIH Funded Research

Senate Bill 1373 sponsored by Senators Lieberman and Cornyn proposes to extend public access to government agencies with extramural expenditures of over $100,000,000 such as Health and Human Services, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Agriculture Department, NASA, etc. The bill states the following regarding what the proposed Federal research public access policy would provide--

  • (1) submission to the Federal agency of an electronic version of the author's final manuscript of original research papers that have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals and result from research supported, in whole or in part, from funding by the Federal Government;
  • (2) the incorporation of all changes resulting from the peer review publication process in the manuscript described under paragraph (1);
  • (3) the replacement of the final manuscript with the final published version if--
    • (A) the publisher consents to the replacement; and
    • (B) the goals of the Federal agency for functionality and interoperability are retained;

  • (4) free online public access to such final peer-reviewed manuscripts or published versions as soon as practicable, but not later than 6 months after publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • (5) production of an online bibliography of all research papers that are publicly accessible under the policy, with each entry linking to the corresponding free online full text; and
  • (6) long-term preservation of, and free public access to, published research findings--

    • (A) in a stable digital repository maintained by the Federal agency; or
    • (B) if consistent with the purposes of the Federal agency, in any repository meeting conditions determined favorable by the Federal agency, including free public access, interoperability, and long-term preservation.

In addition to the THOMAS (Library of Congress) version linked above, provides updates about the status of S.1373: Federal Research Public Access of Act of 2009.