Note: this post is superseded by: Around the Web: Research Works Act, Elsevier boycott & FRPAA.

Following on my post from yesterday on Scholarly Societies: It’s time to abandon the AAP over The Research Works Act, I thought I’d gather together some of the recent posts on the issue.

The Wikipedia article is here, full text of the bill here and status here.

It’s worth watching pretty well everthing Peter Suber is writing on this issue on Google+.

Of course, if I’ve missed any, please let me know in the comments.

For those that are interesting, I’m using this Google Doc as a scratch file to hold links in between updates.

Update 2012.01.08: Added a bunch more today. I’ll probably get around to putting all this in chronological order in the next few days.
Update 2012.01.09: Added many more, including some stragglers. Also, now in chronological order.
Update 2012.01.11: Another big update.
Update 2012.01.17. Yet another big update before leaving for Science Online. It includes a few stragglers. I probably won’t get around to another update until after I return.


  1. #2 Heather Piwowar
    January 7, 2012

    I just posted one too:
    Threat Of Job Loss As Motivation For Research Works Act: Real Or Fear-Mongering?

    It includes some back-of-the-envelope analysis.

  2. #3 Eric WIdera
    January 8, 2012

    Thanks for putting all these in one place. I just put up a post to:

  3. #4 Heather Piwowar
    January 8, 2012

    Thanks for this great list!

    I wrote another post, explaining that #rwa restricts data dissemination (even for data that isn’t copyrightable):

  4. #5 RachelW
    January 8, 2012
  5. #6 John Dupuis
    January 8, 2012

    Thanks, everybody. Keep ’em coming.

  6. #7 Lisa Federer
    January 9, 2012

    I posted last week: A Threat to Open Access: the Research Works Act at

  7. #8 Rich Jorgensen
    January 9, 2012

    “Ethical responsibilities of scientists: re proposed US federal legislation on open science”

  8. #9 Maura Smale
    January 9, 2012

    Thanks for collecting these all in one place, John, this list is great!

  9. #10 Naty Hoffman
    January 10, 2012

    I just posted on the Real-Time Rendering book blog about this:

  10. #11 Zen Faulkes
    January 17, 2012
  11. #12 John Dupuis
    January 18, 2012

    Thanks, I’ll add for my next update.

  12. #13 David Cox
    January 20, 2012

    Another post that might be of interest to folks here:

  13. #14 Pan Pantziarka
    January 22, 2012
  14. #15 Small Business
    May 13, 2012

    Yeah, I read the paper:
    Research Works Act: Latest Congressional Lie about Helping Small Business by AnnMaria De Mars

    I couldn’t agree more.

    Who wouldn’t object to paying again for the same resources they’ve already paid for once, just because some lobbyists for large corporations lined Issa’s and Maloney’s pockets!

    Lobbyists make me sick and I really want to b1tch-slap those cretins. Small businesses are really struggling and this is the last thing we need!

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