The Association of American Publishers (AAP) recently announced that three agencies’ plans to allow free access to private sector articles reporting on federally funded research fall short of advancing sustainable public access. These plans require unnecessary government spending that wastes taxpayer money and will ultimately harm publishers’ ability to advance science and scholarship. With all three agencies recognizing innovative private sector solutions, they are ready to work with federal agencies to refine their policies to address the potential harm from aspects of each agency’s approach. This came in the press release, “Public Access Plans from AHRQ, NASA and the USDA Risk Harm to Scholarly Communication.”

AAP is literally (no pun intended) the voice of the United States book and journal publishing industry. They represent the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative, and regulatory issues regionally, nationally, and worldwide.

Melody K. Smith

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