The August 2006 Washington Watch article in BioScience provides an update on the growing political battle surrounding legislative efforts to mandate open access publishing of scholarly articles.

"Proposals to require free and open access to scholarly publications have spawned an active public policy debate. Until recently, the focus was on making articles arising from research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) available through an NIH-maintained database. Indeed, just over a year ago, under political pressure from Congress, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, NIH promulgated an open access policy calling for researchers to..."

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