Congress introduces Federal Research Public Access Act
The U.S. House of Representatives re-introduced H.R. 5037, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA), a bill that would mandate public access to publicly-funded research in the U.S. The bill is modeled after the U.S. National Institutes for Health (NIH) public access policy, established in April, 2008. It would require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts within six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. A Senate version of the bill, S. 1353, was introduced in July, 2009.