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White House Controversy Over Access to Publicly Funded Research
Kelsey Brugger of E&E News writes in a piece posted by Science, “The White House issued a notice Wednesday seeking comment on its effort to enhance public access to federally funded research. It’s an old idea creating new controversy.”
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Kelvin Droegemeier is pushing back against publishers that in December said the administration was quietly pursuing an executive order to require immediate free distribution of taxpayer funded research. …
Publishers feared the plan could upend their fee-based business model. But this week, Droegemeier formally assured them that his office is still seeking public input on the topic. …
Droegemeier said he intends to continue to hear from ‘as many voices of the research community’ as possible before a White House policy becomes final. He said a range of opinions will ‘remain at the forefront in our ongoing work.’ The public comment period ends March 16.
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