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.
Yoder Promotes Open Access to Tax-Funded ResearchOct 25, 2012
Tim Carpenter, The Topeka Capital-Journal
, October 24, 2012
CU Leaders Back Bill that Would Increase Access to Academic JournalsMay 7, 2012
Brittany Anas, Times Call, May 6, 2012
University of Colorado leaders are advocating for a legislative bill that, if passed by Congress, would make academic journals -- which have been soaring in cost -- more accessible.
Reps. Issa and Maloney Issue Statement on RWAFeb 29, 2012
"The American people deserve to have access to research for which they have paid. This conversation needs to continue and we have come to the conclusion that the Research Works Act has exhausted the useful role it can play in the debate. As such, we want Americans concerned about access to research and other participants in this debate to know we will not be taking legislative action on HR 3699, the Research Works Act."
Next Steps in Public Access: Tell your Representatives to Support FRPAAFeb 29, 2012
While the RWA and its damaging implications is no longer an immediate threat, action is still needed to cement stronger footing for public access on Capitol Hill. Education on and support for The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) is now more important than ever.
Legislation to Bar Public-Access Requirement on Federal Research Is DeadFeb 27, 2012
Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education
, February 27, 2012
Values and ScholarshipFeb 23, 2012Inside Higher Ed
article from 11 University Provosts supporting FRPAA and against Research Works Act.
AAU-APLU Support FRPAA: Letter to CornynFeb 21, 2012
The Association of American Universities and The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities write to Senator Cornyn to thank him for the introduction of FRPAA S. 2096 and to support the bill.
Ten Organizations Support FRPAA: Letter to Rep. DoyleFeb 15, 2012
Ten national and regional library, publishing, research and advocacy institutions write to Rep. Doyle to thank him for the introduction of FRPAA H.R. 4004.
Ten Organizations Support FRPAA: Letter to Sen. CornynFeb 14, 2012
Ten national and regional library, publishing, research and advocacy institutions write to Senator Cornyn to thank him for the introduction of FRPAA S. 2096.
FRPAA Introduced in House and Senate: Bipartisan measure supports public access to researchFeb 9, 2012
In a move that signals the growing momentum toward openness, transparency, and accessibility to publicly funded information, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 (FRPAA) has been introduced today in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Costello does the right thingNov 16, 2010
from the Southern Illinoisan
, letter to the editor by David Carlson, Dean of Library Affairs, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
ACT BY OCTOBER 1 to let Congress know you support the Federal Research Public Access ActSep 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.
NEW STUDY EXAMINES THE ECONOMIC RETURNS OF PUBLIC ACCESS POLICIESAug 4, 2010
Delivering timely, open, online access to the results of federally funded research in the United States will significantly increase the return on the public’s investment in science, according to a new study by John Houghton at the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University. The study, “The Economic and Social Returns on Investment in Open Archiving Publicly Funded Research Outputs,” co-authored by Bruce Rasmussen and Peter Sheehan, was released today by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).
The Backroad Librarian: Five ForwardsJul 2, 2010
By Marcel LaFlamme
Keeping rural libraries vital requires keeping them free of charge and pushing for open access to materials. Libraries are people-centers, not warehouses for books.
You deserve access to researchMay 21, 2010
by David Carlson, Southern Illinoisan
MAJOR RESEARCH INSTITUTION LEADERS SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO ENSURE PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLICLY FUNDED RESEARCHMay 3, 2010
The provosts and presidents of 27 major private and public research institutions have voiced their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act in an “Open Letter to the Higher Education Community,” released Friday by the Harvard University Provost. The Act, first introduced in the Senate last year, was introduced in the House of Representatives on April 15. The letter signals expanded support for public access to publicly funded research among the largest research institutions in the U.S.
FRPAA's back!Apr 20, 2010
By Bob Grant, from The Scientist
FRPAA - another small step for mankind?Apr 20, 2010
A letter of support for the FRPAA bill from the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, April 20th 2010
A Bill to Make Federal Research Available OnlineApr 19, 2010
By Cecilia King, The Washington Post
U.S. Congress Moves On Open Public Access BillApr 19, 2010
By Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly
Call to action: Tell Congress you support the Federal Research Public Access ActApr 16, 2010
Yesterday (April 15), Representatives Doyle (D-PA), Waxman (D-CA), Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Harper (R-MS), Boucher (D-VA) and Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (HR 5037), a bill that would ensure free, timely, online access to the published results of research funded by eleven U.S. federal agencies.All supporters of public access – universities and colleges, researchers, libraries, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, consumers, individuals, and others – are asked to ACT NOW to support this bill.
Congress takes another stride toward public access to researchApr 15, 2010
Fueling the growing momentum toward openness, transparency, and accessibility to publicly funded information, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) has been introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and a bi-partisan host of co-sponsors. The proposed bill would build on the success of the first U.S. mandate for public access to the published results of publicly funded research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Scientists Embrace OpennessApr 9, 2010
, by Chelsea Wald
NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS BACK BILL FOR PUBLIC ACCESSNov 23, 2009
The Presidents of six public universities in New England have issued a letter of support for the Federal Research Public Access Act (S.1373), demonstrating that commitment to public access to publicly funded research resides at the top-most level of research institution administration. Together, these six land-grant universities enroll over 100,000 students, confer ~17% of the bachelor’s and 20% of the doctoral degrees in New England, and invest more than $700 million annually on research with the support of federal grants.
Learning to ShareNov 12, 2009
By Zoe Corbyn & Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education
Open access bill stalls in CongressOct 8, 2009
Posted by Bob Grant, at The Scientist
Open Letter on Open AccessSep 23, 2009Inside Higher Ed
. September 23, 2009
57 College Presidents Declare Support for Legislation to Ensure Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the U.S.Sep 23, 2009
The Presidents of 57 liberal arts colleges in the U.S., representing 22 states, have declared their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act (S. 1373) in an Open Letter released today. The letter is the first from higher education administrators to be issued in support of the 2009 bill, and further reinforcement that support for the Act exists at the highest levels of the higher education community. The presidents’ letter notes, “Adoption of the Federal Research Public Access Act will democratize access to research information funded by tax dollars. It will benefit of education, research, and the general public.”
ALA calls FRPAA "key issue"Sep 11, 2009
By Peter Suber, from Open Access News
Harvard University Provost supports FRPAAJul 16, 2009
The following letter in support of Senate bill S.1373 was sent to the senators representing Harvard University, with similar letters to the sponsoring senators and the chairman and ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee.