New England Provosts Call for Broader Access
Washington, DC – September 19, 2006 – Six public land-grant universities in New England, representing six states and $700 million in annual research investments, have issued a letter of support for the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (S.2695). The letter is signed by the Chief Academic Officers from University of Connecticut, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, and University of Vermont. This brings the total number of leaders from the higher education community who have spoken out in support of the Act to 125.
The legislation, originally introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), would require federal agencies that fund over $100 million in annual external research to make manuscripts of peer-reviewed journal articles stemming from that research publicly available via the Internet. The bill is currently under consideration by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, chaired by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine).
Issued on September 6, 2006 by the Council of Presidents - New England Land-Grant Universities, the letter reads:
The Council of Presidents, founded in 1973, is a voluntary association of the six public New England Land-Grant Universities. Its members include the Universities of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts Amherst, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The chief executive officers of the universities serve as a governing board for the Council, with significant policymaking authority shared with the chief academic officers. The primary functions of the organization are facilitating information exchange, encouraging regional program planning, and supporting joint activities. The major part of the Council's work concerns academic affairs, with additional attention devoted to government relations, student affairs, and management issues.
The Alliance for Taxpayer Access is a coalition of patient, academic, research, and publishing entities that support open public access to the results of federally funded research, including passage of the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006. The Alliance was formed in 2004 to urge that peer-reviewed articles on taxpayer-funded research become fully accessible and available online at no extra cost to the American public. Details on the ATA may be found at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org.