Led by San Diego Congressman, Science Publishers Fight Open Access in Congress

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.

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2 comments for “Led by San Diego Congressman, Science Publishers Fight Open Access in Congress”

On January 6, 2012, 9:12 PM Hruska, Martha said:

Note that this bill just happened to get introduced the week before the holidays. Excellent discussions on the topic can be found in the Scholarly Kitchen blog, http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2012/01/06/my-argument-for-public-access-to-research-reports/ and in the comments on the Chronicle Ticker item, http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/science-journal-publishers-take-fight-against-open-access-policies-to-congress/39545

On January 9, 2012, 8:03 AM Hruska, Martha said:

also interesting to learn that Issa and other sponsors of the bill receive contributions from Elsevier, one of the publishers that stands to profit from further restricting open access, http://maplight.org/us-congress/contributions?sort=asc&order=Recipient&s=1&office_party=House%2CDemocrat%2CRepublican%2CIndependent&election=2012&string=Elsevier&business_sector=any&business_industry=any&source=All