Friday, March 23, 2012
From The Scientist: a report on the University of North Carolina's consideration of a new policy that would require its faculty to publish in open access journals. Such a move is gaining support in universities across the country on the theory that if taxpayer funds are used to support research, then the results of such research should be publicly accessible. The debate has become even more furious with discussions over the ever increasing costs of commercially published journals which normally publish the results of scientific research. More here from Wired. One new and popular source for open access scientific research is PLoS (the Public Library of Science), the founders of which support the passage of the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA).