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White House Pushes Journals to Drop Paywalls on Publicly Funded Research


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Said Alondra Nelson, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “There should be no delay or barrier between the American public and the returns on their investments in research.”

Credit: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/The New York Times

The White House has directed academic journals to provide immediate access to research that is publicly funded, ending a policy that allowed publishers to keep journals behind a paywall for a year.

The new directive also requires publications to be made available in machine-readable format, to guarantee their use and reuse.

The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy said the directive could potentially save lives and benefit the public in key areas.

Proponents of open-research access called the guidance "transformational" for scientists and the wider public, while the Open Research Funders Group's Greg Tananbaum said the policy "broadens the circle of science. It broadens the conversation."

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