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SIIA Joins Letter Opposing Immediate Free Distribution of Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 18, 2019) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, joined 125 scientific research and publishing organizations in expressing strong opposition to a proposed Administration policy that would mandate immediate free distribution of peer-reviewed journal articles reporting on federally funded research.
SIIA Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy, Carl Schonander, issued the following statement:
“SIIA has signed a letter sent to the Administration opposing a proposed policy that would mandate immediate free distribution of peer-reviewed journal articles reporting on federally funded research. The letter, signed by over 125 leading publishers and non-profit scientific societies, explains how the proposal would jeopardize the intellectual property of American organizations engaged in the creation of high-quality journals and research articles and undermine a relatively new but functioning public-private partnership. Moving to immediate free publication would require taxpayers to pay for continued high-quality publication of research results. However, at this time, US Government science funding agencies do not have all the appropriate mechanisms and resources to continue this dissemination of high-quality research results and publications. If proposed, the policy would undermine American science, research, Intellectual Property, and U.S. global competitiveness. SIIA urges the Administration not to adopt this policy.”
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.