Wed, 03 Mar 2004 15:55:46 GMT

More on the embargo of scientific editing. John Dudley Miller, Publishers steamed by US ban, The Scientist, March 2, 2004. Excerpt: “Most scientific societies are defying or ignoring the rule, which applies to all US publications. Theoretically, their refusal exposes their editors and officers to fines of up to $50,000 and 10 years or more in jail, should the government decide to prosecute, which so far it has not done. A number of technical and general publishers are considering suing to overturn the long-overlooked federal regulation behind the ruling, and many scientific groups are considering donating substantially to that cause. But a Treasury Department official in the center of the fracas told The Scientist that he favors a new reinterpretation that would please all sides.” [Open Access News]

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Do other people find the treasury stance to be completely backward on this?

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