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Jan 5, 2012

OpposeH.R. 3699: To ensure the continued publication and integrity of peer-reviewed research works by the private sector.

Dear [The comment will not be delivered because the bill is not pending a vote in Congress.]:

I oppose H.R. 3699 ("To ensure the continued publication and integrity of peer-reviewed research works by the private sector.") because it is a classic example of "regulatory capture" by an industry that is feeding off of government largesse.

It is an attempt to frustrate the work of agencies that realize that publishing about government funded research should be made more widely available, and not hidden in high-priced journals. It is a frontal attack on the open access movement, which scientists are increasingly seeing as critical to the further progress of science.

I strongly suggest that the authors of this bill consult the Panton Principles, put forward by a group of scientists at Oxford University, or read Michael Nielsen's new book, Reinventing Discovery, about the importance of open access to the future of science.

Please don't write laws that protect 19th century industries against 21st-century disruption!

timoreilly
California’s 2nd district

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