Wednesday, January 19, 2005

NIH cancels press conference, signals possible shift in open access plan

At least one media source, The Washington FAX, reported that "White House political strategy" was behind the postponement, characterizing the move as an attempt to ensure that "controversy surrounding the policy would not slow down Senate confirmation hearings" for Health and Human Services designate Michael Leavitt, to whom NIH would report.

This is why I could never work for the NIH director. My heart would be breaking. They already scaled back the proposal after an onslaught of criticism from the publishing industry. I wonder how much $$ those guys give to Congress?

[Library Journal]

UPDATE: check out the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a consortium of stakeholders in the open access debate.


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