In response to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) request for input on its “Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research,” a group of 16 scientific societies and associations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and AIBS, have submitted joint comments urging NIH to focus on creating an environment that balances reader access to new work with researchers’ ability to publish.
“We must strive to create a system wherein scientists are not required to pay additional fees to publish and where grants are not required to bear the brunt of publishing costs,” the societies argue. “Otherwise, we risk creating heavy cost burdens not only for researchers and their institutions, but also for funders of research, including taxpayers.”
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