Excerpts from the July 20 Alliance for Taxpayer Access press release:
In what advocates hailed as a major advance for scientific communication, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved a measure directing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide free public online access to agency-funded research findings within 12 months of their publication in a peer-reviewed journal. With broad bipartisan support, the House passed the provision as part of the FY2008 Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Bill.
A similar measure has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be considered by the full Senate later this summer.
The Los Angeles Times published an editorial on July 27 in support of the legislation.