There has been a lot of discussion online about the Research Works Act, an American bill (discussed here) that would make it illegal for a US government agency to have policies requiring research they fund be available as open access. As far as I know, only NIH does this now.

I would like to know:

  • Does Karger have a position on this?
  • Does J.B. Johnston Club have a position on this?

The Research Works Act has been strongly supported by the Association of American Publishers, but even some of its own members (MIT Press; see here) aren't supporting this bill. Nature Publishing Group doesn’t support it, either (see here). Karger is not a member of the Association of American Publishers, but I would be mightily interested in knowing what they think of it.

I'm interested in what J.B. Johnston Club thinks, because at least one scientific society, The Ecological Society of America, has come out in favour of the act (see here and here).

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