Every year, Washington pours tens of billions of dollars into scientific research projects (like the brain activity mapping project). These are projects you help pay for with taxes. These government-funded investigations give rise to roughly 65,000 peer-reviewed papers a year. Weirdly, a bunch of these remain inaccessible to you, unless you hold a subscription to the journal in which they’re published, and some of these journals are pretty expensive.
Today, that all changes in a big way. The US government has announced that publications from all taxpayer-funded research should be made free to read within a year of publication (a policy previously reserved for publicly funded biomedical research)…
US Policy on scientific papers
See on io9.com