Open-access on steroids…

The story from SCIENCE, is here. The upshot is that journal articles that result from US-funded research have to be made available for free to the public as soon as published. No more year-long paywall. The idea, is that the taxpayer already paid for the work once and that having to pay again for access is double-billing. Apparently this also goes for the data. I’m for this, but how this will actually be implemented isn’t clear. Someone has to pay for the editorial labor. Will the publishing fees now be written into a grant proposal budget as allowable direct costs? A lot of business models are going to have to change I think.

One caveat: all of this is reversible by a successor Administration.