Critics and Proponents Debate NIH's Plan to Free Access to Scientific Materials

A BATTLE OF WORDS: Proponents and critics of open access have had a lot to talk about these days as they anxiously await the U.S. government's final plan to make large swaths of scientific literature freely available.

Fans of open access cheered the draft plan of the National Institutes of Health, unveiled in September, even as they played down the setback they suffered in November at the hands of the British government, which rejected a parliamentary committee's recommendations that