Research Works Act

112th Congress

Legislation attempting to reverse existing public access to federally funded research was introduced in the 112th Congress and has since been abandoned by those sponsoring it.

February 27, 2012

The publishing company Elsevier (the rumored bill backer) publicly announced it was withdrawing support for the Research Works Act – essentially rendering the bill dead.  In addition, the bill’s co-sponsors, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), released a joint statement explaining, “…we will not be taking legislation action on H.R. 3699, the Research Works Act.”  Additional information is available in a District Dispatch post dated March 2, 2012 titled Research Works Act Abandoned – Open Access Week in Review

On a related note, the ALA supports passage of pro-open access legislation – the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) of 2012 (S. 2096, H.R. 4004) – recently introduced in both the Senate and House and enjoys bipartisan support.  FRPAA legislation builds on the success of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy implemented in 2008 and would expand the amount of federally funded research made available without additional charge to us, the taxpayers.

December 16, 2011

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699). Co-sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the bill would effectively turn back the clock on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access policy put into place in 2008. The Issa bill would nullify the NIH Public Access policy as well as prevent the open access model to be replicated by other U.S. agencies and departments.  The bill was referred to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government reform of which Rep. Issa is chairman.  The ALA strongly opposes the anti-open access bill and expressed the view in a District Dispatch post on January 9, 2012 titled Trying to roll back the clock on Open Access: Research Works Act introduced.

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