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Top-shelf, taxpayer-published open access journals (like EHP)

Recently I was asked in a blog post comment whether taxpayer-sponsored research combined with paying an additional out-of-pocket open access fee to an OA publisher amounts to a double-burden on taxpayers. Good question.  Here’s how I would reply. There is already funding support precedent for either: Using part of the original NIH grant for page [...]

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Fri, August 20 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

NEJM hordes taxpayer images…Chi-Ching$, Chi-Ching$

Sometimes the soft firewall I try to keep between this blog and daily life at a top-tier academic medical center library just breaks down. One of my favorite scientist teachers down the hall turned to me when her favorite librarian wasn’t available.  She was preparing a lecture for this fall’s new class of medical students [...]

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Tue, August 17 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Do taxpayers pay for private sector peer-reviewed journal articles?

On July 29th, Allan Adler, Vice President of government and legal affairs at the Association of American Publishers (AAP), told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee that FRPAA would seriously threaten the scholarly publishing industry: “Publishers strongly believe that American taxpayers are entitled to the research they’ve [...]

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Fri, August 13 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

July 27th hearing on FRPAA: Who opposes public access to publicly funded research?

From the ARL SPARC press release: Washington, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy, the Census and National Archives announced it will hold a hearing on the issue of public access to federally funded research on Thursday, July 29. The hearing will provide an opportunity [...]

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Tue, July 20 2010 » Uncategorized » 4 Comments

An open future for JNCI? Now’s the time…

In a story line out of the post- Reagan excesses of substituting the private sector for governement activity, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), a highly respected research journal for a narrow, exclusive slice of taxpayers, is neither published nor sponsored by the National Cancer Institute(NCI).  It participates in Pubmed Central archiving only at the bare minimum [...]

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Wed, June 23 2010 » Uncategorized » 2 Comments

National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy….so much for build it and they will come.

“Eighty percent of American internet users, or some 113 million adults, have searched for information on at least one of seventeen health topics. Information professionals in a variety of settings are just as likely as librarians in hospital or medical centers to encounter requests for useful health information. Usefulness can be calculated as relevancy multiplied [...]

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Sun, May 30 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Margo Coletti: Educating our Researchers about FRPAA

After reading this message, I asked Margo if I could post it, and she said go for it. Dear Colleagues: The day H.R. 5037 (Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 – FRPAA) was introduced, I happened to be sending an open access article to a headache support group.  The article was the result of [...]

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Thu, April 29 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Scholarly Publishing Roundtable- Difference of opinion or chasm?

Spin is everything. The result of the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable of key stakeholders charged on October 29th, 2009, by the U.S. House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), was released on January 12th, 2010, after reaching enough consensus to suggest something was [...]

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Tue, January 19 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

FRPAA- Taxpayer Issue Gets a Soap Box

The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) satisfies the central demand of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access: Ensuring taxpayers have access to the results of research funded with tax dollars.  President Obama’s Office for Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) is attempting to collect genuine taxpayer comments through Thursday, January 7, 2010, addressing the following questions: [...]

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Mon, January 4 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments