APA Executive Director for Science testifies on public access

Dr. Breckler expressed support for increased public access to research, emphasizing the need to protect peer review and allow academic publishers and publications to remain viable
On July 29, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee held a hearing titled “Public Access to Federally Funded Research,” which was designed to identify the benefits and ramifications of open access policies but was not tied to any particular legislation. Steven J. Breckler, PhD, Executive Director for Science at APA, was invited to testify (PDF, 3.16 MB) at the hearing along with others representing publishers, researchers and patient advocacy groups. On behalf of APA, Dr. Breckler expressed support for increased public access to research, while emphasizing that policies must be constructed carefully to allow academic publishers and publications to remain viable, and to preserve the peer review and other processes that maintain standards in published research. Look for more details on the hearing in an upcoming issue of the APA Monitor.