This just in: the Research Works Act is dead!
February 27, 2012
I just received this notification that Issa and Maloney have pulled the Research Works Act, presumably in response to Elsevier’s withdrawal of support. So far, what’s at that link is all I know — I’ve not found a more official source for the text of the statement. But it makes me happy that it includes language like:
As the costs of publishing continue to be driven down by new technology, we will continue to see a growth in open access publishers. This new and innovative model appears to be the wave of the future.
That represents a realism and progressiveness that I didn’t honestly expect to see from these quarters.
Update (a couple of hours later)
Looks like it’s fully official now: it’s in the Chronicle of Higher Education.