Provosts from an additional 23 universities have declared their support for the US’ Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (S.2695). The universities added their backing in a letter issued by the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and in individual correspondence, bringing to 48 the number of universities that have gone on record as favoring the measure.
Earlier, 25 leading universities declared their support for the legislation, which requires federal agencies to make electronic manuscripts of peer-reviewed journal articles that stem from their research publicly available online. Academic publishers have, however, stated that any such broadening of open access would increasingly jeopardize their journals programm.
The latest signatories of the GWLA letter include provosts and vice presidents for state and non land-grant institutions, such as the University of Washington and Rice University. The 25 institutions that had expressed support for S.2695 earlier include UIUC.
Knowledgespeak Newsletter 8/7/06
Posted by P. Kaufman at August 7, 2006 6:32 AM