On Monday California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 609–the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act. The law requires that research articles created with funds from the California Department of Public Health be made publicly available in an online repository no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. AB 609 is described as the first state-level law requiring free access to publicly funded research. It is similar to the federal National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy. The bill has been making its way through the California legislature since being introduced by Assemblyman Brian Nestande in February 2013. Nestande’s office announced the passage yesterday.
The law applies to grantees who receive research funds from the Department of Public Health, and those grantees are responsible for ensuring that any publishing or copyright agreements concerning manuscripts submitted to journals fully comply with AB 609. For an article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, the grantee must ensure that an electronic version of the peer-reviewed manuscript is available to the department and on an appropriate publicly accessible database approved by the department within 12 months of publication in the journal.
Congratulations to California, the leadership of Assemblyman Nestande, and the coalition of open access supporters who worked hard to make this law a reality.
“Final Update on my lawsuit over copyrights with Jonathan Schell and The Chinese Medicine Database: “The parties have reached a fair settlement and look forward to putting their legal dispute behind them. They wish to keep these matters private.” If you want to help with my legal expenses, which amounted to $23,756.75, I continue to really appreciate donations, book purchases, and referrals through my website,www.happygoatproductions. The sooner I get my debts paid off, the sooner I can focus on finishing up “Venerating the Roots, Part Two” (second half of Sun Simiao’s pediatrics) and publishing a new edition of my translation of Sun Simiao’s three volumes on gynecology. So so so happy to close this challenging chapter in my life and move on to a much brighter future!”