Report and Recommendations from the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable

Various authors, Association of American Universities, Jan 13, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The scholarly pubishing roundtable has released its final report. The core recommendation: "Each federal research funding agency should expeditiously but carefully develop and implement an explicit public access policy that brings about free public access to the results of the research that it funds as soon as possible after those results have been published in a peer‐reviewed journal." It appears to have satisfied no one. PLoS didn't sign because it "stops far short of recognizing and endorsing the opportunities to unleash the full potential of online communication to transform access to and use of scholarly literature." Elsevier didn't sign because "the report supports an overly expansive role of government and advocates approaches to the business of scholarly publishing that I believe are overly prescriptive."
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