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Endocrine Society Comment Letter to the Office of Science and Technology Policy on Open Access Concerns

April 30, 2020

To: Lisa Nichols, PhD, Assistant Director for Academic Engagement

"The COVID-19 crisis illustrates the importance of ensuring that scientific information is communicated accurately, professionally, rapidly, and has been vetted by individuals with discipline-specific expertise. Implementing a change to the publishing marketplace will severely disrupt well-established methods for disseminating important and reliable scientific information that benefits public health. Abruptly changing our publishing business model will jeopardize our Society and journals by creating further financial loss at a time when we have already suffered economically and have no margins to absorb.

We implore OSTP to refrain from any policy changes and instead continue a dialogue with all stakeholders including medical specialty societies and nonprofit publishers to understand the problem the Administration is trying to correct and then, if policy change is necessary, to move through the official rulemaking process."

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