Open access

11 Oct 2018

European funders are forcing the issue on open-access publishing, while the Trump administration reviews U.S. policies on disseminating federally sponsored research.

10 Oct 2018

The Interior Department has joined the Environmental Protection Agency in advancing policies to require its regulatory decisions be based on scientific studies for which the underlying data is publicly available.

7 Sep 2018

National research funding agencies from 11 European countries plan to require all publications resulting from work they fund to be published in open access journals starting in 2020.

16 Aug 2018

This summer, top European Union officials have forcefully argued that the EU’s scientific enterprise must embrace aggressive open access policies for publications and data in order to better serve the public. They have made clear that facilitating a transition toward open science will be a major thrust of the EU’s next flagship R&D framework program.

25 Jul 2018

A new National Academies report envisions a future research enterprise designed around open science while acknowledging significant challenges in transitioning to such a system.

4 May 2018

EPA has issued a proposed rule that would require data and models underlying certain scientific studies to be made publicly available before the agency could use the studies in developing regulations. Among its justifications, the agency is arguing the proposal is consistent with the research community’s recent efforts to address concerns about the irreproducibility of swaths of science.

20 Oct 2017

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced a bill that would make significant changes to peer review and public access policies for federally funded research, such as requiring that a “taxpayer advocate” sit on every grant review panel. Coincident with the bill introduction, Paul convened a hearing at which he asserted that the amount of “silly” studies funded by federal agencies is evidence of a need to reform the system.

28 Sep 2017

The National Academies committee tasked with exploring how to move toward an open science enterprise held a symposium on Sept. 18 where a range of stakeholders discussed how to expand open access to scholarly publications, improve standards and best practices for sharing data, and better manage data repositories.

27 Jul 2017

The National Academies has launched a new study on how to move toward an open science enterprise. At last week’s kickoff meeting, participants discussed issues for the committee to consider, including scientific norms, incentives, and the differences between scientific disciplines.

5 Apr 2017

The House has passed two bills to overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses and reviews science. Proponents say the legislation would increase public trust and stakeholder participation in EPA’s decisions, but critics assert the bills would prevent the agency from using the best available science and academic expertise.

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