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Science-Journal Publishers Take Fight Against Open-Access Policies to Congress

The main lobby group representing book publishers is making another push back against open-access efforts affecting scientific journals. The Association of American Publishers and its Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division have endorsed a bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican of California who is chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The legislation, HR 3699, would generally prohibit federal agencies from freely distributing journal articles that report on federally sponsored scientific research.

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