U.K. scientist Cameron Neylon writes, at his Science in the Open blog, that good communication is just good science. He makes the case that open access furthers scientific discourse by reducing the barriers in accessing the scientific record for review, criticism, and discussion.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, meanwhile, legislation has been introduced to curtail or eliminate the NIH policy requiring that federally funded research articles be submitted for publication in PubMed Central after a year’s embargo. John Timmer at Ars Technica posts that “Congress’s copyright fight puts open access science in peril.” Timmer reports that aggressive lobbying efforts may have paid off in getting this bill introduced, and summarizes testimony for and against the continuation of the open access policy.
On another note, Scientific American reports: Open access publisher Biomed Central sold to Springer. Check out the details at BioMed Central’s Springer Acquisition FAQ.