The main lobbying group representing book publishers is making another push back against open-access efforts affecting scientific journals. The Association of American Publishers and its Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division have endorsed a bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from San Diego County’s 49th Congressional District who is chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The legislation, HR 3699, would generally prohibit federal agencies from freely distributing journal articles that report on federally sponsored scientific research.
Ironically, Rep. Issa is also a strong supporter of the OPEN Act, which is currently prominently featured on his official website. According to Issa, “First, Americans have a right benefit from what they’ve created. And second, Americans have a right to an open internet.”
Adapted and expanded from an item in “The Ticker,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, posted January 5, 2012.