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Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006

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On May 2, 2006, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) introduced the "Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006. " This legislation would require federal agencies with extramural research portfolios over $100 million to make the electronic versions of peer-reviewed manuscripts publicly available via the Internet within 6 months of publication. In addition, it calls for agency policy to ensure that the manuscripts are preserved in a stable digital repository maintained by that agency or in another suitable repository that permits free public access, interoperability, and long-term preservation.