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January 13, 2020

AGA opposes proposed policy change for journal articles

AGA joins 135+ organizations in letter to Trump Administration opposing a proposed executive order to reduce the publishing embargo on federally funded research from 12 to 0 months.
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AGA joins more than 135 scientific research and publishing organizations in opposition to proposed administration policy that would mandate immediate free distribution of peer-reviewed journal articles reporting on federally funded research.

AGA, along with the co-signers, argue that removing the embargo would jeopardize the intellectual property for our organizations engaged in the creation of high-quality peer-reviewed journals and would potentially delay the publication of new research results.

As copyrighted works, peer-reviewed journal articles are licensed to users in hundreds of foreign countries, which provides the financial support to produce and disseminate journals. If the government is to force the immediate free distribution of journal articles financed and published by organizations in the private sector, this would effectively nationalize the valuable American intellectual property that we produce and force us to give it away to the rest of the world for free. Going below the current 12 month “embargo” would make it very difficult for most American publishers to invest in publishing these articles.

Read the full coalition letter. We will keep you posted on any developments.

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