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Stakeholders Find Common Ground on Balancing Public Access, Scholarly Publishing

Magazine article Information Outlook

Stakeholders Find Common Ground on Balancing Public Access, Scholarly Publishing

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Specific embargo periods between the time of publication and that of public access should be established for peer-reviewed journal articles containing data and findings from federal research grants, according to a group of representatives from university administrations, libraries, information science departments, and the publishing industry.

The members of the group, called the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable, were brought together in June 2009 by the Committee on Science and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives and asked to recommend policies that would "balance the need for increased access to scholarly articles with the need to preserve the essential functions of the scholarly publishing enterprise." Their proposals, presented in a report, include the following:

* That an embargo period of between zero (for open access journals) and 12 months be established for most science disciplines, though some fields might require a longer period;

* That common standards be adopted to ensure searchability and collaboration across fields and databases;

* That international cooperation on standards be encouraged; and

* That federal agencies work together with the publishing community to ensure common core properties and a coherent framework for access and preservation across the government. …

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