There They Go Again

It’s OK if we do it,

Should you be able to read research you’ve helped to fund? A few years ago, Congress decided this was a good idea, and approved an access policy that makes most taxpayer-funded research freely available online within 12 months of publication. This modest step toward open access — which, as I’ve written before, is vital to healthy science and science policy — has proven a huge boon to researchers and also to those of us who write about science, while leaving most publisher profits quite healthy.

Now, however, as UC Berkeley evolutionary biologist Michael Eisen relates, a proposed bill threatens to reverse this policy:

I wonder what it cost to ship a roll of toilet paper to DC, …if it ships it fits. Just a small contribution to the national debt, and all that. Codgers could sent them corn cobs.

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