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Rethinking Access Order

The Trump Administration is reconsidering a plan to do away with paywalls on federally funded research articles, Times Higher Education reports.

Late last year, the Trump Administration said it was considering an executive order to require federally funded research to be freely available upon publication, a move that would expand upon the 2013 Obama Administration plan that called for publicly funded research to be freely available within a year of publication.

Now Times Higher Education says the Trump Administration, after hearing from publishers, universities, and researchers, wants even more consultation. In a request for information published in the Federal Register, the Office of Science and Technology Policy says it and the Subcommittee on Open Science are continuing "to explore opportunities to increase access to unclassified published research, digital scientific data, and code supported by the US Government" and that they want to enable "all interested individuals and organizations with the opportunity to provide recommendations."