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Responding to a proposed bill that would require federally funded authors to post their manuscripts online for free public access, Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ), an association management, marketing, and publishing company, recently expressed its concerns that early release of peer-reviewed manuscripts will deter journal publishers from continuing to invest in the peer-review process and will ultimately lead to decreased quality in printed research articles. Jannetti Publications, Inc., a division of AJJ, publishes Nursing Economic$.

In a letter urging Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to oppose the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (S.2695), AJJ Publications Division Vice President Kenneth Thomas explained how the peer-review process allows journal editors and publishers to confirm the accuracy and quality of research articles. The rigorous process offers high-quality manuscripts to readers; however, the process comes with substantial investments in staff and editorial time and expertise.

"We believe this bill demonstrates a lack of appreciation for the role and cost that editors and publishers play in preparing articles for print," Thomas said. "Releasing articles early would diminish library and customer demand for journals as well as have a severe negative financial impact on scholarly publishing."

If the bill is passed, researchers who are funded by federal agencies with research budgets of more than $100 million will be required to post their articles online through government-run, open access Web sites within 6 months of publication. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) proposed the legislation in May stating that the bill would offer Americans timely access to research information and help the U.S. government ensure a greater return on money invested in research.

"While we recognize that taxpayers fund a great deal of research, our ability to assure readers timely publication of cutting-edge peer-reviewed research will be compromised," Thomas explained. He also noted that Americans currently can access scholarly journal articles through public libraries, state universities, and other online resources.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (www.ajj.com) is an association management, marketing, and publishing company serving the health care industry and specialty nursing associations. The publications division produces seven scholarly nursing journals including Nursing Economic$, Pediatric Nursing, MEDSURG Nursing, Nephrology Nursing, Dermatology Nursing, Urologic Nursing, and the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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