- President Obama's Office of Science and Technology Policy told federal agencies Friday that new federally funded studies must be available to the public free of charge within a year of publication.
- The policy applies to future unclassified research by organizations with research budgets exceeding $100 million, and the openness of the National Institutes of Health, which already makes the research it funds public, is being seen as the "default" across the federal government.
- The decision was praised by open access advocates and called "reasonable" by the Association of American Publishers, and journal publishers and federal agencies previously faced a bill, the still-pending Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act, that would have made federally funded studies free after six months.
From the article:
... "Americans should have easy access to the results of research they help support," said John Holdren, the director of OSTP, in a response to a petition urging the public release of taxpayer-funded studies. ...