US: Split over open access

In the debate over 'open access' to scholarly research, the Association of American University Presses has weighed in on the 'anti' side of things, backing legislation that would end a federal requirement that work supported by the National Institutes of Health be available online and free within 12 months of publication, writes Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed.

The stance of the presses has pitted the publishing arm of higher education increasingly against many other parts of academe, as many scholars and librarians are enthusiasts for open access, and a growth number of college and university faculties are backing the idea. Now 10 university press directors are coming forward to announce jointly that they also support the idea. And while they don't specifically identify the legislation that the AAUP is backing, they make clear that they don't back it at all.
Full report on the Inside Higher Ed site