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Archives for January, 2012

Many of you may remember a time when music-stealing was rampant on the internet.  Apple changed this situation by establishing a new kind of marketplace. Now people pay for music and download it from iTunes. What if there were a third party group, with an iTunes-like model, where scientific publishers would make papers available for…

The Backstory:  As it stands today,when one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides the funding for a scientific research project, and those results are published, they must be made freely available to public, within a set period of time.  The reasoning behind this requirement is that taxpayers funded everything about the research except for…

The C.R.E.A.T.E. strategy is an approach to making biology teaching a better model of biology, the science. From the C.R.E.A.T.E website, …C.R.E.A.T.E. teaching focuses on on authentic published work–peer reviewed journal articles–with students reading either series of papers produced sequentially from individual labs or series of papers from different labs focused on a single line…

This morning, I learned that congress wants to reverse the advances made by NIH and go back to restricting access to scientific publications. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (New York) and Congressman Darrell Issa (California) are co-sponsoring a bill to restore the limits on public access to NIH-funded research. I’ve written many times before (here, here, here,…