- Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act
- Federal Research Public Access Act
- Research Works Act
Published Sep 15, 2010
All supporters of public access – universities and colleges, researchers, libraries, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, small businesses, consumers, individuals, and others – are asked to call on your representatives to co-sponsor H.R.5037 or S.1373 BEFORE OCTOBER 1. Talking points are included below.
***ACT NOW through the ATA Legislative Action Center. And, please send copies of your letters to jennifer [at] arl.org.
STATE-SPECIFIC SUPPORT IS ALSO NEEDED. If your representative is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, please also urge him/her to advance FRPAA before the end of THIS congressional session. A list of committee members is included below.
Now before both the House of Representatives and the Senate, FRPAA would require those agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from such funding no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The bill gives individual agencies flexibility in choosing the location of the digital repository to house this content, as long as the repositories meet conditions for interoperability and public accessibility, and have provisions for long-term archiving.
The bill specifically covers unclassified research funded by agencies including: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.
FRPAA reflects the growing trend among funding agencies – and college and university campuses – to leverage their investment in the conduct of research by maximizing the dissemination of results. It follows the successful path forged by the NIH’s Public Access Policy, as well as by private funders like the Wellcome Trust and campuses such as Harvard, MIT, and the University of Kansas. The bill also reflects the Administration’s recent expression of interest in the potential implementation of public access policies across U.S. science and technology agencies – as indicated by the call for public comment issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which closed in January.
Detailed information about the Federal Research Public Access Act is available at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/frpaa.
***ACT NOW through the ATA Legislative Action Center. And, please send copies of your letters to jennifer [AT] arl.org. Talking points are included below.
As always, thank you for your support and continued persistence in supporting public access to publicly funded research in the United States. Constituent voices make an unparalleled difference on Capitol Hill.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. Have a great weekend!
Spokesperson for the Alliance and Executive Director of SPARC
Telephone: (202) 296-2296
Email: heather [at] arl [dot] org
Director of Programs & Operations, SPARC
Telephone: (202) 296-2296 ext. 121
Email: jennifer [at] arl [dot] org
• Members of Congress are asked to support and co-sponsor the Federal Research Public Access Act (S. 1373 and HR. 5037).
• (Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are asked to advance the bill THIS congressional session).
· The bill would ensure that the published results of research funded by the U.S. government can be accessed and used by American taxpayers via the Internet.
· Widespread access to the information contained in these manuscripts is an essential, inseparable component of our nation's investment in science. This and other scientific information should be shared in cost-effective ways that take advantage of the Internet, stimulate further discovery and innovation, and advance the translation of this knowledge into public benefits.
· Open online access to research will ensure maximum discovery, use and re-use of available research – making possible an unprecedented variety of potential connections and discoveries, and improve the lives and welfare of people in the U.S. and around the world.
· [detail why public access to research is important to your organization.]
· Please support or co-sponsor the Federal Research Public Access Act (S.1373, H.R. 5037).
[End talking points]
COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM
AZ: Rep. Jeff Flake (REP-AZ-6th), Fax (202)-226-4386
CA: Rep. Darrell E. Issa (REP-CA-49th), Ranking Member fax (202) 225-3303
Rep. Brian Bilbray (REP-CA-50th), fax (202) 225-2558
Rep. Judy Chu (DEM-CA-32nd), fax, (202) 225-5467
Rep. Jackie Speier (DEM-CA-12th), fax, (202) 226-4183
Rep. Diane Watson (DEM-CA-33rd), fax, (202) 225-2422
CT: Rep. Christopher Murphy (DEM-CT-5th), fax, (202) 225-5933
DC: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DEM-DC-At-Large), fax, (202) 225-3002
FL: Rep. John Mica (REP-FL-7th), fax, 202) 226-0821
GA: Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (REP-GA-3rd), fax, (202) 225- 2515
IL: Rep. Danny Davis (DEM-IL-7th), fax, (202) 225-5641
Rep. Bill Foster (DEM-IL-14th), fax, (202) 225-0697
Rep. Mike Quigley (DEM-IL-5th), fax, (202) 225-5603
Rep. Aaron Schock (REP-IL-18th), fax, (202) 225-9249
IN: Rep. Dan Burton (REP-IN-5th), fax, (202) 225-0016
LA: Rep. Anh Cao (REP-LA-2nd), fax, (202) 225-1988
MA: Rep. Stephen Lynch (DEM-MA-9th), fax, (202) 225-3984
Rep. John Tierney (DEM-MA-6th), fax, (202) 225-5915
MD: Rep. Elijah Cummings (DEM-MD-7th), fax, (202) 225-3178
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (DEM-MD-8th), fax, (202) 225-0375
MO: Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (REP-MO-9th), fax, (202) 225-5712
Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (DEM-MO-1st), fax, (202) 226-3717
NC: Rep. Patrick McHenry (REP-NC-10th), fax, (202) 225-0316
NE: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (REP-NE-1st), fax, (202) 225-5686
NH: Rep. Paul Hodes (DEM-NH-2nd), fax, (202) 225-2946
NY: Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DEM-NY-14th), fax, (202) 225-4709
Rep. Edolphus Towns (DEM-NY-10th), Committee Chair, fax, (202) 225-1018
OH: Rep. Steve Driehaus (DEM-OH-1st), fax, (202) 225-3012
Rep. Jim Jordan (REP-OH-4th) fax, (202) 226-0577
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (DEM-OH-9th), fax, (202) 225-7711
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (DEM-OH-10th), fax, (202) 225-5745
Rep. Michael Turner (REP-OH-3rd), fax, (202) 225-6754
PA: Rep. Paul Kanjorski (DEM-PA-11th), fax, (202) 225-0764
Rep. Bill Shuster (REP-PA-9th), fax, (202) 225-2486
RI: Rep. Patrick Kennedy (DEM-RI-1st), fax, (202) 225-3290
TN: Rep. Jim Cooper (DEM-TN-5th), fax, (202) 226-1035
Rep. John Duncan (REP-TN-2nd), fax, (202) 225-6440
TX: Rep. Henry Cuellar (DEM-TX-28th), fax, (202) 225-1641
UT: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (REP-UT-3rd), fax, (202) 225-5629
VA: Rep. Gerry Connolly (DEM-VA-11th), fax, (202) 225-3071
VT: Rep. Peter Welch (DEM-VT-At-Large), fax, (202) 225-6790
4 comment(s) on this page. Add your own comment below.
Open access is a solution in search of a problem. As a researcher who has worked both in the petroleum industry, universities, and an inndependent consultant, I have never had any significant problem accessing published research. Unintended consequences of this legislation may well be to destroy scientific societies (e.g. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, SEPM) which depend on memberships for their existence. Subscription to the journals of these organizations is one of the primary reasons that scientists become members. Non-members can access these publications in university libraries or request copies via interlibrary loan or directtly from authors who are ususally happy to provide them.
Open access policy for scientific publications is a very resource optimal approach for dissemination of knowledge, and research.
Published results of research funded by the U.S. government must be accessible to American taxpayers via the Internet!
I have spent two years of my life trying to get access to all the published research material for Huntington's Disease. This involved traveling to several college libraries and I was only able to collect two thirds of the relevant PUBMED document.
As a tax payer who funds the vast majority of the research behind these reports, I think it an unconscionable moral turpitude against humanity and those most suffering that this information is kept by gatekeepers who profit off the researchers as well as the public. They should have no right to take away the rights from researchers who are paying them to be published.
This moral decadence exist within the guidelines of law and I expect our senators and congressmen to act to represent the best interest of the American people and support OPEN access. The future of healthcare and the strength of our nation depends upon this.
Even allowing pharma to pay for reprints corrupts the integrity of the published material so as to increase the revenue stream to the publisher. Not cool folks.