The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has announced an extension of the deadline for response to its Request for Information on expanding open access to scholarly publications that draw from federally funded research. The new deadline is January 12th. AADR will provide a response to the RFI. Members wishing to offer thoughts for consideration are encouraged to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by January 4th.
OSTP RFI On Scholarly Publications
In accordance with Section 103(b)(6) of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (ACRA; Pub. L. 111-358), this Request for Information (RFI) offers the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications that result from federally funded scientific research. The public input provided through this Notice will inform deliberations of the National Science and Technology Council’s Task Force on Public Access to Scholarly Publications.
Late last year, Congress passed and the president signed the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Reauthorization Act. The COMPETES Act primarily authorizes steady funding increases for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The authorized increases are not likely to actually match-up with appropriated funds, given the spending parameters set by the Budget Control Act. However, one consequential provision within COMPETES Act calls for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to create an interagency Public Access Committee to explore the possibility of expanding the federal open access mandate. The committee is considering the implications of an NIH-type open access mandate at all federal agencies with research budgets over $100 million. Requirements could go even further than is currently the case at NIH. One potential item of concern is a shortening of the current 12 month embargo period at NIH, which provides scientific publications a window just barely sufficient to sustain their operations. Continue reading