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Researchers angry at societies’ opposition to open-access shift

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Rift over rumoured plans to require immediate open access to federally funded research

Researchers have reacted angrily to an open letter opposing a rumoured White House proposal to mandate that all federally funded research be published with immediate open access.

The strongly worded letter, published in December and signed by more than 100 scholarly societies, publishers and trade bodies, warns that the move would jeopardise US intellectual property and potentially delay publication of results—although they did not suggest how delays could arise.

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