Federal Research Public Access Act

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1) Contact Congress now to express your support for public access to taxpayer-funded research and for this bill. Act now through the ATA Legislative Action Center.

2) Issue a public statement of support from your organization and share it widely with members, colleagues, and the media. Send a copy to sparc [at] arl [dot] org to be featured here.

3) Join the Alliance to support the continued advancement of public access to research in the U.S. Institutional membership is FREE.

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5) Add this image to your Web site and show your support for taxpayer access to federally funded research:
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6) Explore our Issue pages for time-sensitive calls to contact Congress and express your support


Every year, the federal government funds tens of billions of dollars in basic and applied research. Most of this funding is concentrated within 11 departments/agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy). The research results typically are reported in articles published in a wide variety of academic journals. From NIH funding alone, it is estimated that about 65,000 papers are published each year. The Federal Research Public Access Act proposes to make manuscripts reporting on federally funded research publicly available within six months of publication in a journal. See "Resources" for more information.

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