February 14, 2012
On February 14, 2012, the Association of American University Presses issued a statement regarding the current debate over public access to the results of federally funded research. Two opposing bills on this subject are before Congress, the Research Works Act and the Federal Research Public Access Act. AAUP does not support either bill, believing that either route would unnecessarily and short circuit the process of creating appropriate and sustainable public access policy currently being undertaken by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, as mandated by current law, the America COMPETES Act. AAUP supports the COMPETES process, and is hopeful that a better and more informed policy will result that will help to best disseminate the fruits of publicly funded research.