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MLA and AAHSL comment on public access

Today, the Medical Library Association (MLA) and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) commented on the Office of Science and Technology Policy's (OSTP) Request for Information: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting from Federally Funded Research.

The Associations affirmed their continued support for legislative and federal initiatives that increase public access to the results of federally funded research, and emphasized the importance of funding the development and support of infrastructure that enables access to these results and supports compliance with these legislative and federal initiatives.

To improve public access to the results of federally funded research, MLA and AAHSL strongly encouraged the OSTP and the National Science and Technology Council to consider a “zero-embargo” open access policy, which would require the products of federally funded scientific research (i.e., articles, data, and code) to be publicly available immediately upon publication. 

MLA and AASHL thank Katherine Goold Akers, Erin D. Foster, and Susan K. Kendall, AHIP for drafting these comments.


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