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* The [http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.112hr3699 Research Works Act] (HR 3699) would repeal the [http://publicaccess.nih.gov/ OA policy] at the [http://www.nih.gov/ NIH] and block similar policies at other federal agencies. It was introduced in the House by by [http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=597&Itemid=73 Darrell Issa] (R-CA) and [https://maloney.house.gov/contact-me/email-me Carolyn Maloney] (D-NY) on December 16, 2011, and referred to the [http://goo.gl/GP0m0 Committee on Oversight and Government Reform].
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** [http://goo.gl/GjZlN Elsevier gave money directly to Issa and Maloney].  For the 2012 campaign cycle, Elsevier gave two campaign contributions to Issa and 12 to Maloney. Out of 31 contributions Elsevier made to House members for this cycle, 14 or 45% went to Issa and Maloney.   
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* The [http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.112hr3699 Research Works Act] (HR 3699) would repeal the [http://publicaccess.nih.gov/ OA policy] at the [http://www.nih.gov/ NIH] and block similar policies at other federal agencies.  
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= Sponsorship =
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* The RWA was introduced in the House by by [http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=597&Itemid=73 Darrell Issa] (R-CA) and [https://maloney.house.gov/contact-me/email-me Carolyn Maloney] (D-NY) on December 16, 2011, and referred to the [http://goo.gl/GP0m0 Committee on Oversight and Government Reform].
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* [http://goo.gl/GjZlN Elsevier gave money directly to Issa and Maloney].  For the 2012 campaign cycle, Elsevier gave two campaign contributions to Issa and 12 to Maloney. Out of 31 contributions Elsevier made to House members for this cycle, 14 or 45% went to Issa and Maloney.   
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= Publisher opposition =
  
 
* The [http://www.publishers.org/ Association of American Publishers] (AAP) [http://goo.gl/aaVnw endorsed] the RWA. However, the AAP did not consult its [http://publishers.org/members/ members] before endorsing the bill, and we don't know how many AAP members actually support the bill.
 
* The [http://www.publishers.org/ Association of American Publishers] (AAP) [http://goo.gl/aaVnw endorsed] the RWA. However, the AAP did not consult its [http://publishers.org/members/ members] before endorsing the bill, and we don't know how many AAP members actually support the bill.
  
* AAP members who reject the RWA and publicly disavow the AAP position on RWA (chronological by announcement date):
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== AAP members who reject the RWA and publicly disavow the AAP position on RWA ==
*# [http://mitpress.mit.edu MIT Press]. See the January 11, 2012, [https://plus.google.com/u/0/109377556796183035206/posts/CWBxzWCuwKx announcement] by Ellen Faran, Director of MIT Press.
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*# [http://www.ithaka.org ITHAKA].  See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/ithaka-becomes-second-aap-member-to.html announcement].
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Chronological by announcement date:
*# [http://www.clir.org/ Council on Library and Information Resources] (CLIR).  See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/ithaka-becomes-second-aap-member-to.html?showComment=1326456086032#c2896926308984064302 announcement].
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*# [http://www.psupress.org/ Penn State University Press]. See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/pennsylvania-state-university-press.html announcement] by Patrick Alexander, Director of the Penn State University Press.
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# [http://mitpress.mit.edu MIT Press]. See the January 11, 2012, [https://plus.google.com/u/0/109377556796183035206/posts/CWBxzWCuwKx announcement] by Ellen Faran, Director of MIT Press.
*# [http://www.rupress.org/ Rockefeller University Press]. See the January 13, 2012, [https://groups.google.com/a/arl.org/group/sparc-oaforum/browse_thread/thread/6d13954c261a61b9 announcement] by Mike Rossner, Executive Director of Rockefeller University Press.
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# [http://www.ithaka.org ITHAKA].  See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/ithaka-becomes-second-aap-member-to.html announcement].
*# [http://www.ucpress.edu/ University of California Press].  See the January 13, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/university-of-california-press-differs.html announcement] by Alison Mudditt, Director of the University of California Press.
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# [http://www.clir.org/ Council on Library and Information Resources] (CLIR).  See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/ithaka-becomes-second-aap-member-to.html?showComment=1326456086032#c2896926308984064302 announcement].
*# [http://npg.nature.com/ Nature Publishing Group] and [http://www.digital-science.com/ Digital Science].  See the January 18, 2012, joint [http://www.nature.com/press_releases/rwa-statement.html announcement] by Steven Inchcoombe, Managing Director for NPG, and Timo Hannay, Managing Director for Digital Science.  (Digital Science is a [http://www.digital-science.com/about/ sister company] of NPG.)  
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# [http://www.psupress.org/ Penn State University Press]. See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/pennsylvania-state-university-press.html announcement] by Patrick Alexander, Director of the Penn State University Press.
*# [http://www.aaas.org/ Association for the Advancement of Science] (AAAS).  See the January 18, 2012,[http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2012/0118rwa.shtml announcement] by Ginger Pinholster, Director of the AAAS Office of Public Programs, and Alan Leshner, AAAS Chief Executive Officer.
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# [http://www.rupress.org/ Rockefeller University Press]. See the January 13, 2012, [https://groups.google.com/a/arl.org/group/sparc-oaforum/browse_thread/thread/6d13954c261a61b9 announcement] by Mike Rossner, Executive Director of Rockefeller University Press.
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# [http://www.ucpress.edu/ University of California Press].  See the January 13, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/university-of-california-press-differs.html announcement] by Alison Mudditt, Director of the University of California Press.
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# [http://npg.nature.com/ Nature Publishing Group] and [http://www.digital-science.com/ Digital Science].  See the January 18, 2012, joint [http://www.nature.com/press_releases/rwa-statement.html announcement] by Steven Inchcoombe, Managing Director for NPG, and Timo Hannay, Managing Director for Digital Science.  (Digital Science is a [http://www.digital-science.com/about/ sister company] of NPG.)  
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# [http://www.aaas.org/ Association for the Advancement of Science] (AAAS).  See the January 18, 2012,[http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2012/0118rwa.shtml announcement] by Ginger Pinholster, Director of the AAAS Office of Public Programs, and Alan Leshner, AAAS Chief Executive Officer.
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== AAP members who apparently reject the RWA, but whose positions require confirmation ==
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# [http://press.uchicago.edu/index.html University of Chicago Press]. In a January 17, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-aap-members-stay-neutral-in-row.html?showComment=1326792422082#c6258166846680045112 comment] on [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-aap-members-stay-neutral-in-row.html Richard Poynder's blog], Arno Bosse reports that the U of Chicago Press told him that it does not support RWA.  But Bosse doesn't speak for the press and doesn't quote a statement from the press.
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# [http://www.cambridge.org/ Cambridge University Press]. A week after CUP told Richard Poynder that "it is too early for us to make any public statements" on RWA, Poynder was allowed (January 17, 2012) to [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/research-works-act-cambridge-university.html share this statement] from Peter Davison, CUP's Director of Corporate Affairs:  "Cambridge University Press has submitted testimony to the United States Office of Science and Technology in response to the Request for Information (2011-28623) on subjects related to HR 3699. Our testimony is not identical to the position adopted by the Association of American Publishers. In particular, we write: ‘We support all sustainable access models that ensure the permanence and integrity of the scholarly record... The Bill as proposed could undermine the underlying freedoms expected by and of scholarly authors....’ "
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== Publishers who reject the RWA but are not members of AAP ==
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# [http://www.iscb.org/ International Society for Computational Biology]. See the January 11, 2012, [http://sciblogs.co.nz/code-for-life/2012/01/11/iscb-to-respond-to-research-works-act-hr-3699/ announcement] by B.J. Morrison McKay, ISCB Executive Officer.
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# [http://www.aps.org/ American Physical Society].  See the January 13, 2012, [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/23/opinion/should-research-be-more-freely-available.html announcement] in a letter to the NY Times by Gene Sprouse and Joseph Serene, the editor in chief and treasurer-publisher of the American Physical Society.
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# [http://sca.culanth.org/ Society for Cultural Anthropology]. See the January 18, 2012, [http://savageminds.org/2012/01/17/the-question-is-not-does-but-can/#comment-715385 announcement] adopted unanimously by the SCA Executive Board.
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# [http://www.biomedcentral.com/ BioMed Central]. See the January 20, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/biomed-central-opposes-research-works.html announcement].  (Note that [http://www.springer.com/ Springer], BMC's parent company, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/springer-statement-on-us-research-works.html supports] the RWA.)
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= Action against the RWA =
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* See the [http://www.thepetitionsite.com/207/support-the-open-access-movement-stop-the-research-works-act/ petition against the RWA], online since roughly January 14, 2012. 
  
* AAP members who apparently reject the RWA, but whose positions require confirmation.
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* See the [http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/action/action_access/12-0106.shtml action alert] against the RWA from the [http://www.taxpayeraccess.org Alliance for Taxpayer Action].
*# [http://press.uchicago.edu/index.html University of Chicago Press]. In a January 17, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-aap-members-stay-neutral-in-row.html?showComment=1326792422082#c6258166846680045112 comment] on [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-aap-members-stay-neutral-in-row.html Richard Poynder's blog], Arno Bosse reports that the U of Chicago Press told him that it does not support RWA.  But Bosse doesn't speak for the press and doesn't quote a statement from the press.
 
*# [http://www.cambridge.org/ Cambridge University Press]. A week after CUP told Richard Poynder that "it is too early for us to make any public statements" on RWA, Poynder was allowed (January 17, 2012) to [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/research-works-act-cambridge-university.html share this statement] from Peter Davison, CUP's Director of Corporate Affairs:  "Cambridge University Press has submitted testimony to the United States Office of Science and Technology in response to the Request for Information (2011-28623) on subjects related to HR 3699. Our testimony is not identical to the position adopted by the Association of American Publishers. In particular, we write: ‘We support all sustainable access models that ensure the permanence and integrity of the scholarly record... The Bill as proposed could undermine the underlying freedoms expected by and of scholarly authors....’ "
 
  
* Publishers who reject the RWA but are not members of AAP.
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= Discussion =
*# [http://www.iscb.org/ International Society for Computational Biology]. See the January 11, 2012, [http://sciblogs.co.nz/code-for-life/2012/01/11/iscb-to-respond-to-research-works-act-hr-3699/ announcement] by B.J. Morrison McKay, ISCB Executive Officer.
 
*# [http://www.aps.org/ American Physical Society].  See the January 13, 2012, [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/23/opinion/should-research-be-more-freely-available.html announcement] in a letter to the NY Times by Gene Sprouse and Joseph Serene, the editor in chief and treasurer-publisher of the American Physical Society.
 
*# [http://sca.culanth.org/ Society for Cultural Anthropology]. See the January 18, 2012, [http://savageminds.org/2012/01/17/the-question-is-not-does-but-can/#comment-715385 announcement] adopted unanimously by the SCA Executive Board.
 
*# [http://www.biomedcentral.com/ BioMed Central]. See the January 20, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/biomed-central-opposes-research-works.html announcement].  (Note that [http://www.springer.com/ Springer], BMC's parent company, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/springer-statement-on-us-research-works.html supports] the RWA.)
 
  
* For the online discussion of the RWA, see the articles and comments tagged "[http://www.connotea.org/tag/oa.rwa oa.rwa]" at the [http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/OA_tracking_project OA Tracking Project].
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For the online discussion of the RWA, see the articles and comments tagged "[http://www.connotea.org/tag/oa.rwa oa.rwa]" at the [http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/OA_tracking_project OA Tracking Project].

Revision as of 18:05, 24 January 2012

Sponsorship

  • Elsevier gave money directly to Issa and Maloney. For the 2012 campaign cycle, Elsevier gave two campaign contributions to Issa and 12 to Maloney. Out of 31 contributions Elsevier made to House members for this cycle, 14 or 45% went to Issa and Maloney.

Publisher opposition

AAP members who reject the RWA and publicly disavow the AAP position on RWA

Chronological by announcement date:

  1. MIT Press. See the January 11, 2012, announcement by Ellen Faran, Director of MIT Press.
  2. ITHAKA. See the January 12, 2012, announcement.
  3. Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). See the January 12, 2012, announcement.
  4. Penn State University Press. See the January 12, 2012, announcement by Patrick Alexander, Director of the Penn State University Press.
  5. Rockefeller University Press. See the January 13, 2012, announcement by Mike Rossner, Executive Director of Rockefeller University Press.
  6. University of California Press. See the January 13, 2012, announcement by Alison Mudditt, Director of the University of California Press.
  7. Nature Publishing Group and Digital Science. See the January 18, 2012, joint announcement by Steven Inchcoombe, Managing Director for NPG, and Timo Hannay, Managing Director for Digital Science. (Digital Science is a sister company of NPG.)
  8. Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). See the January 18, 2012,announcement by Ginger Pinholster, Director of the AAAS Office of Public Programs, and Alan Leshner, AAAS Chief Executive Officer.

AAP members who apparently reject the RWA, but whose positions require confirmation

  1. University of Chicago Press. In a January 17, 2012, comment on Richard Poynder's blog, Arno Bosse reports that the U of Chicago Press told him that it does not support RWA. But Bosse doesn't speak for the press and doesn't quote a statement from the press.
  2. Cambridge University Press. A week after CUP told Richard Poynder that "it is too early for us to make any public statements" on RWA, Poynder was allowed (January 17, 2012) to share this statement from Peter Davison, CUP's Director of Corporate Affairs: "Cambridge University Press has submitted testimony to the United States Office of Science and Technology in response to the Request for Information (2011-28623) on subjects related to HR 3699. Our testimony is not identical to the position adopted by the Association of American Publishers. In particular, we write: ‘We support all sustainable access models that ensure the permanence and integrity of the scholarly record... The Bill as proposed could undermine the underlying freedoms expected by and of scholarly authors....’ "

Publishers who reject the RWA but are not members of AAP

  1. International Society for Computational Biology. See the January 11, 2012, announcement by B.J. Morrison McKay, ISCB Executive Officer.
  2. American Physical Society. See the January 13, 2012, announcement in a letter to the NY Times by Gene Sprouse and Joseph Serene, the editor in chief and treasurer-publisher of the American Physical Society.
  3. Society for Cultural Anthropology. See the January 18, 2012, announcement adopted unanimously by the SCA Executive Board.
  4. BioMed Central. See the January 20, 2012, announcement. (Note that Springer, BMC's parent company, supports the RWA.)

Action against the RWA

Discussion

For the online discussion of the RWA, see the articles and comments tagged "oa.rwa" at the OA Tracking Project.