By Janet Pinto, Curriki Chief Academic Officer
I wanted to make you aware of a bipartisan bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would make all US government funded research freely available within 6 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal. I hope that you will join me in supporting the Federal Research Public Access Act.
Last December, a piece of legislation named The Research Works Act (H.R. 3699) was introduced that would ban the government from providing the public with access to publicly-funded research. Many in the research community have joined to act against practices that restrict access to research articles – reaching the pages of the Economist, the New York Times, Wired, the Guardian, the Boston Globe, Slate, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The publishers of the two most prestigious scientific journals, Science and Nature, have not only opposed the Research Works Act publicly but also endorsed the National Institutes of Health public access policy, which FRPAA would extend to the other federal science agencies.
Let’s join the research community to bring attention to and support for the Federal Research Public Access Act. Spread the word!