The Research Works Act: asking the public to pay twice for scientific knowledge. | Doing Good Science, Scientific American Blog Network

It's nice that the Research Works Act isn't some 1000-page monster. We don't have to look so far to find its faults. The RWA would define "private-sector research" to include "research funded in whole or in part by a Federal agency and to which a commercial or nonprofit publisher has made or has entered into an arrangement to make a value-added contribution, including peer review or editing." I hadn't noticed it before, but technically it doesn't even seem like publishers have to make an actual contribution -- they merely have to have "entered into an arrangement" to do so. The RWA is even bolder (and more evil) than I thought.