Take Action!

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 Economistthe New York TimesWiredthe Guardianthe Boston GlobeSlate, 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!

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3 responses to “Take Action!

  1. Have been checking out some of the programs and have decided that I want to go back to school!! This is VERY EXCITING! Students are in for a treat! You are providing motivation, innovation,engaging content, and great incentives for all students! Congratulations!!!
    I will highly recommend curriki!!!!

  2. Right on. I like to see this in the context of Jeremy Rifkins “The Third Industrial REvolution” where he describes ” Lateral Open Source Education” resulting from the convergence of Newable Energy and
    Open source Internet communication. This can be the Government’s contribution to the new Infrastructure needed in our
    Society.

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