February 9, 2012
9 February 2012. U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced a bill today that is a direct counterpart to the proposed Research Works Act (RWA), which has stirred deep opposition among researchers, librarians, and advocates of open access.
Doyle’s bill, Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) of 2012, would require federal agencies with an “extramural” research budget of $100 million or more to “make federally-funded research available for free online access by the general public, no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal,” according to a statement on Doyle’s website.
The bill would also require that the “manuscript is preserved in a stable digital repository … that permits free public access, interoperability, and long-term preservation.”