- Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act
- Federal Research Public Access Act
- Research Works Act
Published Mar 25, 2011
The following talking points are for use in conjunction with the call to action issued March 25, 2011. As always, please adapt and expand as needed to suit your unique voice.
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Office of the Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 120F
Washington, DC 20201
cc: Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS
Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS
Margaret Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, HHS
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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
As the family member of a Long QT child whose father died in his sleep from SADS, I strongly encourage the public access of information from NIH and other research institutions. It is very important that families and volunteers have the latest research and medical information to accurately inform the communities, schools, coaches, and volunteers. Information saves lives.