Senate appropriations committee recognizes the importance of innovation in the U.S.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, started the “Driving Innovation through Federal Investments” hearing saying that funding innovative research is of huge importance to the U.S. Supporting this statement, Mikulski pointed out that 138 pieces of written testimony, including one from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, were submitted prior to the hearing, demonstrating the…

U.S. House hearing on public access

On March 29, the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on investigations and oversight held a hearing to address proposed public access models and their effects on scientific research. Five witnesses from scientific societies and university groups testified before the committee to provide insight on whether or not research papers that result from federal funding should…

Twists in the debate on public access

Since the beginning of the year, the debate over public access has been hotly contended throughout the research and legislative communities. The National Institutes of Health’s public-access policy states that peer-reviewed articles based on NIH-funded research must be made publically available, one year after their initial publication date. In December, U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.,…