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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Petition for OA to publicly-funded research in the US

Eight non-profit organizations have launched a Petition for Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the United States.  From the site:

This petition builds on the 23,000+ signatures collected from around the world in support of free and open access to European research and for the recommendations proposed in the EU's 'Study on the Economic and Technical Evolution of the Scientific Publication Markets of Europe' as well as the 132 higher education leaders who have written of their explicit support for public access to publicly funded research.

Sign this petition to register your support for free and open access to research funded by the U.S. Federal government. For more information on current policies and legislation for taxpayer access to federally funded research including the Federal Research Public Access Act visit the Alliance for Taxpayer Access Web site

Please sign it as an individual, encourage your institution to sign it as an institution, and spread the word.  Your support will be critical in persuading Congress to adopt FRPAA.  Please sign it even you have already signed the European petition.

The European petition called for strong OA policy in Europe, and the new US petition calls for strong OA policy in the US.  The European petition welcomed signatories from around the world, but especially encouraged them from European researchers and research institutions; the US petition welcomes signatories from every country, but especially encourages them from the US researchers and institutions.

The organizations sponsoring the petition are the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA), American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), FreeCulture, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Public Knowledge (PK), and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

Update. Also see the SPARC press release, March 14, 2007.