The Publicness of Publicly Funded Research (Accepted for Publication: Science and Public Policy Journal)

19 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2021 Last revised: 20 Oct 2021

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Albert Link

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Department of Economics

Caroline S. Wagner

Ohio State University (OSU)

Date Written: July 8, 2021

Abstract

In this paper, we chronicle key U.S. legislative initiatives during the post-World War II history of public policy related to the ownership of publicly funded research-based knowledge. Our motivation for recording this history is the observation that many scholars, who are appropriately concerned about taxpayer rights, have argued for the need for public policy to clarify ownership of the publicness or openness of publicly funded research results when in fact such public policies have long been in place. We conclude this historical trace with the proposition that if the past is prologue to the future, one might expect future administrations to continue to acknowledge the importance of public access to findings from publicly funded research, be that research having occurred in federal laboratories, universities, or private-sector organizations.

Keywords: R&D; public policy; open science; open publication

Suggested Citation

Link, Albert N. and Wagner, Caroline S., The Publicness of Publicly Funded Research (Accepted for Publication: Science and Public Policy Journal) (July 8, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3882688 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3882688

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