Some Publishers of Scholarly Journals Dislike Bill to Require Online Access to Articles
by SARA IVRY
The New York Times, publication date: 8 May 2006
"'Not everybody has a library next door. I don't mean to be flippant about it, but this gives access to anybody,' said Donald Stewart, a spokesman for Senator Cornyn. 'The genesis of this was his interest in open government and finding ways to reform our Freedom of Information laws and taxpayer access to federally funded work.'
Some members of the scholarly publishing industry are wary of the legislation. Howard H. Garrison, the director of public affairs at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, an organization whose members collectively publish approximately 60 journals, argued that the legislation would weaken the connection between the journals and their readers and that journals could lose subscribers and ad revenue if articles were available online."