The open access publishing movement recently scored a victory when the White House announced it will soon require U.S. science agencies to make the scientific papers they fund freely available online within 12 months of publication. Are taxpayers entitled to see the scientific papers they fund? Could public access improve scientific research? What does the new policy mean for journals? And does it go far enough?
Join us for a live chat at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, 7 March, on this page. With us will be Heather Joseph, who advocates for open access as the executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and Fredrick Dylla, who has expressed concerns about the implementation of open access* as executive director of the American Institute of Physics. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts. The full text of the chat will be archived on this page.
Updated: This was changed from the original to more accurately reflect Dylla's position on open access.
Heather Joseph is the executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international alliance of libraries working to create a more open and equitable system of scholarly communication. Prior to SPARC, she spent 15 years as a scholarly journal publisher and served as the president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.
H. Frederick Dylla
H. Frederick Dylla is the executive director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), where he has advocated for scientific journals and improved access to research through various business models. He received a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jocelyn has been a staff writer for Science magazine since 1995. Her stories have included the buildup of biodefense labs, financial conflicts of interest, and the graying of biomedical scientists.