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Re: Call for quick action: Elsevier trying to restrict open access to US-government-funded research!
I just wrote:
It is very important that not only US residents should write to the
OSTP. First of all, science simply isn't localized (except maybe to
"outside North Korea"); second, Elsevier officially sits in the
Netherlands, not the US, so the Research Works Act cannot be spun as
"protecting American business"; third, the RWA would make the US look
ridiculously evil, and only responses from all over the world can
make this clear.
The reasons go on. The OSTP's "request for information" is "[i]n
accordance with Section 103(b)(6) of the America COMPETES
Reauthorization Act of 2010". Well? Science is not a zero-sum game.
_Everyone_ has an interest in answering the question of "What type of
access to these publications is required to maximize U.S. economic
growth and improve the productivity of the American scientific
enterprise?" -- the more research is done in the world, the better!
The OSTP seems to know this; "this Request for Information (RFI) offers
the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to provide
recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and
broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications that
result from federally funded scientific research" -- there is no
restriction to US residents or taxpayers.