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White House Mulls Plan to Broaden Access to Published Papers

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Science  15 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5963, pp. 259
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5963.259-a

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Should all papers that result from U.S. taxpayer–funded research be made freely available? The White House science office likes the idea and has asked for input on whether many federal agencies should formally adopt it. So-called open access advocates are enthusiastic in comments submitted to a White House forum, but some scientific societies remain wary, fearing that a too-broad public-access policy could kill journal subscriptions.