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Selected Comments of Publishers to the White House OSTP Consultation on Open Access

Posted in Open Access, Publishing on January 20th, 2010

Below are selected comments of association and commercial publishers to the White House OSTP public consultation on Public Access Policy.

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    Last Call: Tell the White House You Support Open Access by Thursday

    Posted in Open Access on January 18th, 2010

    The deadline for submitting comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's public consultation on public access policy is January 21st.

    If you do not want to submit detailed comments, you might consider indicating your support for the comments of one of the below organizations. The easiest way to do so is simply to send an e-mail message to indicating that you support their comments.

    If you wish to make detailed comments, either send them to the e-mail address above answering the 9 questions in the Federal Register or make comments at the appropriate OSTP post:

    To post comments on the OSTP Blog, you must first register and login.

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      STM Reacts to Scholarly Publishing Roundtable Report

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing on January 17th, 2010

      STM, an international association of around 100 publishers, has issued a press release regarding the recent Report and Recommendations from the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      STM takes issue, however, with some of the other recommendations and goals expressed in the Report. Firstly, while STM supports US agencies in the development of public access policies to the results of research funded by those agencies, we do not agree that the scholarly articles arising from publisher investment and value add fall under this category. Government research grants currently cover the cost of the research only. Government research grants do not cover the costs of publication.

      Secondly, while welcoming the consultation and collaboration that has occurred with our industry, STM believes the goal of US agencies in establishing a "global publishing system" is redundant and wasteful and ignores the essentially international nature of STM publishing, which has, without any government assistance anywhere in the world, enabled more access to more people than at any time in history.

      Thirdly, if there is to be no compensation for the use of journal mediated content, STM supports the need for embargo periods. There is, however, no evidence whatsoever to support the recommendation that embargo periods of 0 to 12 months could be adopted for "many sciences" without problem. STM is leading a three year experiment part-funded by the European Commission (the PEER Project) to find out the effects of various embargo periods on journals. We strongly encourage such an evidence-based policy investigation in the US as well.

      Finally, while STM supports the recommendation that the final published article should be given primacy (the so called VoR or Version of Record) over the proliferation of other imperfect earlier versions, it is through this final version —and the creation and maintenance of their authoritative journals—that STM publishers provide significant added value; to make final published articles (VoRs) free immediately upon publication must involve some mechanism of financial compensation.

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        ALA and ACRL Support Open Access in Comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

        Posted in ALA, Open Access on January 14th, 2010

        ALA and ACRL have submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) calling for greater open access to federally funded research.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        The ALA and ACRL have long believed that ensuring public access to the fruits of federally funded research is a logical, feasible, and widely beneficial goal. They provided information and evidence as the Executive Branch considers expanding public access policies, like that implemented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to other federal agencies. Specifically, the ALA and ACRL recommend: which agencies should be covered, that policies should be mandatory, that earlier access is better, version and format recommendations, how to keep implementation costs reasonable, and the importance of supporting emerging scholarly practice.

        While greater access to publicly funded research has long been a high priority issue for academic libraries, ACRL President Lori Goetsch, Dean of Libraries at Kansas State University, emphasized that now is the time for public and school librarians to tell their stories.

        "What would it mean for members of your community to have better access to scholarly, scientific, and technical articles—paid with their own tax dollars through grants from agencies like NASA or the EPA?" Goetsch said. "How would it help small business owners starting up green technology companies? How would it help enhance teaching and learning in high schools?"

        In the past, the ALA and ACRL have supported NIH Public Access Policy and endorsed "The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009" (S. 1373) noting the latter, "reflects ALA policy regarding access to Federal government information by providing for the long-term preservation of, and no-fee public access to, government-sponsored, tax-payer funded published research findings."

        The ALA and ACRL encourage all members to consider making comments, no later than January 21, to OSTP as individuals or libraries. More information is available on the OSTP Public Access Policy blog at Comments can also be posted on OSTP’s blog. Comments e-mailed to are also accepted, but may be posted to the blog by the moderator. General comments, addressing any part of the Request for Information, may be submitted. See the full notice Federal Register notice at for details.

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          Report and Recommendations from the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication on January 14th, 2010

          The Scholarly Publishing Roundtable has released the Report and Recommendations from the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          An expert panel of librarians, library scientists, publishers, and university academic leaders today called on federal agencies that fund research to develop and implement policies that ensure free public access to the results of the research they fund "as soon as possible after those results have been published in a peer-reviewed journal."

          The Scholarly Publishing Roundtable was convened last summer by the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology, in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Policymakers asked the group to examine the current state of scholarly publishing and seek consensus recommendations for expanding public access to scholarly journal articles.

          The various communities represented in the Roundtable have been working to develop recommendations that would improve public access without curtailing the ability of the scientific publishing industry to publish peer- reviewed scientific articles.

          The Roundtable’s recommendations, endorsed in full by the overwhelming majority of the panel (12 out of 14 members), "seek to balance the need for and potential of increased access to scholarly articles with the need to preserve the essential functions of the scholarly publishing enterprise," according to the report. . . .

          The Roundtable identified a set of principles viewed as essential to a robust scholarly publishing system, including the need to preserve peer review, the necessity of adaptable publishing business models, the benefits of broader public access, the importance of archiving, and the interoperability of online content.

          In addition, the group affirmed the high value of the "version of record" for published articles and of all stakeholders' contributions to sustaining the best possible system of scholarly publishing during a time of tremendous change and innovation.

          To implement its core recommendation for public access, the Roundtable recommended the following:

          1. Agencies should work in full and open consultation with all stakeholders, as well as with OSTP, to develop their public access policies. Agencies should establish specific embargo periods between publication and public access.
          2. Policies should be guided by the need to foster interoperability.
          3. Every effort should be made to have the Version of Record as the version to which free access is provided.
          4. Government agencies should extend the reach of their public access policies through voluntary collaborations with non-governmental stakeholders.
          5. Policies should foster innovation in the research and educational use of scholarly publications.
          6. Government public access policies should address the need to resolve the challenges of long-term digital preservation.
          7. OSTP should establish a public access advisory committee to facilitate communication among government and nongovernment stakeholders.

          Read more about it at "Scholarly Publishing Roundtable Releases Report and Recommendations" and "Scholarly Publishing Roundtable Releases Report to Congress."

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            White House OSTP Asks for Additional Comments on Open Access until Jan. 21st

            Posted in Open Access on January 12th, 2010

            The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has requested additional comments about its public consultation on public access policy.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Many of you expressed a desire for more time to engage in the Public Access Policy Forum post-holidays. We heard you! While Phase III ended on January 7th, we have launched a two-week bonus period for all of you who signed off for the holidays. Therefore, all three phases of the Forum will remain open through January 21st.

            In hopes that you will continue to build and respond to the thoughtful comments of your peers, we ask you to visit the Public Access Policy Forum portion of our blog to see all relevant posts and submit your comments in the appropriate forum:

            In addition, be sure to check out the many comments and proposals submitted to our inbox, to which you are also welcome to submit comments or documents. Some comments are just text; some have links to documents that have been submitted.

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              White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Consultation on Open Access

              Posted in Open Access on January 10th, 2010

              The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) public consultation on public access policy completed phase three on January 7, 2010.

              Here's an excerpt from "Phase III Wrap-Up":

              We sincerely thank every one of you for taking the time to provide such valuable commentary on this topic. As previously mentioned, due to the busy holiday season we will be re-opening the forum for a two-week bonus session beginning immediately. In this final session we will be soliciting comments on all the topics discussed in the three previous phases, and may periodically ask during the course of these two weeks that participants focus on a few key issues that we feel warrant additional attention. . . .

              Once again thank you to all who participated; your comments and suggestions are genuinely appreciated. Now, for those of you who have been caught up with the holidays or have simply procrastinated, please take some time to share your thoughts as we extend this public forum through January 21th.

              Here are the main discussion pages for the three phases:

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                Alliance for Taxpayer Access Call to Action about White House Open Access RFI

                Posted in Open Access on December 17th, 2009

                The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has issued a call to action about the OSTP open access RFI.

                Here's the press release:

                CALL TO ACTION: Let the White House know you support public access to public funded research

                Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) inviting input on "enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by federal science and technology agencies." SPARC is pleased that the Administration, as part of its Transparency and Open Government initiative, is looking at public access as an opportunity to stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness.

                All are urged to respond to this pivotal opportunity, as individuals and on behalf of institutions and organizations, NO LATER than January 7, 2010. Your input will be critical in helping the administration to form a deep and balanced view of stakeholders’ interest in ensuring public access to publicly funded research.

                This RFI will be active for only 30 days, from December 10, 2009 to January 7, 2010. Respondents are invited to comment online through the Public Access Policy blog at, where the discussion will center on a single theme for each of three ten-day periods.

                December 10 – 20: Implementation

                December 21 – 31: Features and technology

                January 1 – 7: Management

                Email comments will also be accepted, but will still be posted to the blog by the moderator. General comments may also be submitted. See the full Federal Register notice at for details.

                If you have any questions or would like to discuss, please contact SPARC, representing the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.

                Heather Joseph, Executive Director
                heather [at] arl [dot] org

                Jennifer McLennan, Director of Communications
                jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

                We'll look forward to talking with you, and to working with you on this tremendous opportunity for higher education and American public.

                Note: To post comments on the OSTP blog, you must register and login. There are also registration and login links on the sidebar of the Archive for the Public Access Policy OSTP blog category at the bottom right and on the OSTP blog home page in the same location. The current discussion post is "Policy Forum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Implementation." As noted in the Federal Register announcement, comments can also be e-mailed to

                Read more about the OSTP RFI at "Obama Administration Potentially a Strong Voice in Open Access Debate" and "Obama's Open Government Plan Includes Open Access for Research Publications."

                12/22/09 Update: The current discussion post is "Policy Forum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Features and Technology." Comments are entered at this post.

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