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Act by April 14 to expand the NIH policy

Published Mar 24, 2011

Incredibly, April 7, 2011 marks the third anniversary of the first U.S. policy to ensure public access to the published results of publicly funded research: that of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In three short years, the policy has come to deliver free and open access to over two million full-text articles, which are accessed by nearly half a million PubMed Central users from all sectors of the public every day.

This milestone is a critical opportunity for public access supporters to press for the expansion of the successful NIH policy to other federal agencies. Please join us in calling on key policy makers to take advantage of this occasion and share letters (as an individual and/or on behalf of your organization) NO LATER THAN April 14, 2011.

As always, suggested talking points and contact information are linked below. We’re encouraging FAX AND EMAIL letters to three different offices:

  1. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, calling for the expansion of the policy to other agencies within HHS.
  2. Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), John Holdren, for the expansion of the policy to federal agencies with extramural research budgets of $100 million or more.
  3. Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, celebrating the success of the policy and encouraging a shorter embargo period.

In addition, please send a copy of your letters to sparc@arl.org so we can track response and highlight your letters in our work with these offices.

Thank you! As ever, your support in advancing public access is invaluable.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Heather Joseph
Executive Director, SPARC and spokesperson for the Alliance for Taxpayer Access
heather [at] arl [dot] org

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Programs and Operations, SPARC & the Alliance for Taxpayer Access
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

Comments

4 comment(s) on this page. Add your own comment below.

Stevan Harnad
Mar 27, 2011 9:00am [ 1 ]

I strongly urge extending the NIH Public Access Policy to all federal funding agencies (as proposed in the FRPAA and OSTP).

I also suggest updating the policy so that it encourages and facilitates the adoption and implementation of complementary public access policies by universities and research institutions by specifying that the public access requirement can be fulfilled by depositing locally, in the fundee's own institutional open access repository.

Not all research is federally funded, but virtually all federal fundees are institutionally affiliated, and most universities and research institutions already have institutional open access repositories (http://roar.eprints.org).

An increasing number of universities and research institutions are also contemplating adopting an open access policy (as Harvard, MIT, and over a hundred other universities worldwide have done): http://roarmap.eprints.org).

The goal is global open access to research findings, and it is especially important now that policies should be designed to collaborate and reinforce one another, rather than to compete.

It should only be necessary for an author to deposit once, and the simplest and most natural solution is to deposit institutionally and then harvest centrally (and automatically) to PubMed Central and any other desired central search site.

See: "How to Integrate University and Funder Open Access Mandates" http://openaccess.eprints.org/index.php?/archives/369-guid.html

and http://bit.ly/ostp-frpaa

Mar 27, 2011 9:14am [ 2 ]

I strongly urge extending the NIH Public Access Policy to all federal funding agencies (as proposed in the FRPAA and OSTP).

I also suggest updating the policy so that it encourages and facilitates the adoption and implementation of complementary public access policies by universities and research institutions by specifying that the public access requirement can be fulfilled by depositing locally, in the fundee's own institutional open access repository.

Not all research is federally funded, but virtually all federal fundees are institutionally affiliated, and most universities and research institutions already have ,a href="http://roar.eprints.org">institutional open access repositories.

An increasing number of universities and research institutions are also contemplating adopting an open access policy (as Harvard, MIT, and over a hundred other universities worldwide have done).

The goal is global open access to research findings, and it is especially important now that policies should be designed to collaborate and reinforce one another, rather than to compete.

It should only be necessary for an author to deposit once, and the simplest and most natural solution is to deposit institutionally and then harvest centrally (and automatically) to PubMed Central and any other desired central search site.

See: "How to Integrate University and Funder Open Access Mandates"

and postings on OSTP & FRPAA

Ashish Bhan
Mar 31, 2011 4:13pm [ 3 ]

I strongly urge extending the NIH Public Access Policy to all federal funding agencies (as proposed in the FRPAA and OSTP).

I also suggest updating the policy so that it encourages and facilitates the adoption and implementation of complementary public access policies by universities and research institutions by specifying that the public access requirement can be fulfilled by depositing locally, in the fundee's own institutional open access repository.

Not all research is federally funded, but virtually all federal fundees are institutionally affiliated, and most universities and research institutions already have ,a href="http://roar.eprints.org">institutional open access repositories.

An increasing number of universities and research institutions are also contemplating adopting an open access policy (as Harvard, MIT, and over a hundred other universities worldwide have done).

The goal is global open access to research findings, and it is especially important now that policies should be designed to collaborate and reinforce one another, rather than to compete.

It should only be necessary for an author to deposit once, and the simplest and most natural solution is to deposit institutionally and then harvest centrally (and automatically) to PubMed Central and any other desired central search site.

See: "How to Integrate University and Funder Open Access Mandates"

and postings on OSTP & FRPAA

Apr 6, 2011 8:35pm [ 4 ]

We must support NIH funding. Research is the key for the progression of humanity

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