Public access to publications of research results has been the subject of an ongoing and too-often polarized debate. The debate is occurring in the context of scholarly publishing undergoing significant transformation as web-driven technologies affect how science is done, communicated, and published. Within the scholarly publishing and academic communities there are many voices either advocating for free public access or cautioning about specific pathways for obtaining such a noble goal. In an effort to find common ground, the Committee on Science and Technology of the United States House of Representatives, in coordination with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), convened last June the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable. Its participants were drawn from the key stakeholders in the debate: academic administration, researchers, libraries, and publishers. The roundtable participants issued a report in January of this year
- Subsequent public reactions to the report’s recommendations and possible next steps by the stakeholders in this arena will be discussed.
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