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Research Works Act

by Bill Hayes

In New Bill Would Put Taxpayer-Funded Science Behind Pay Walls, ProPublica publishes a piece critical of the proposed bipartisan Research Works Act.

Right now, if you want to read the published results of the biomedical research that your own tax dollars paid for, all you have to do is visit the digital archive of the National Institutes of Health. There you’ll find thousands of articles on the latest discoveries in medicine and disease, all free of charge.

A new bill in Congress wants to make you pay for that, thank you very much. The Research Works Act would prohibit the NIH from requiring scientists to submit their articles to the online database. Taxpayers would have to shell out $15 to $35 to get behind a publisher’s paid site to read the full research results. [more]