In part revised from a memo sent out by the Association of Research Libraries (3/14/07):
Several leading American organizations - representing libraries, health groups, students, and consumers - are jointly supporting a Petition for Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the United States. Everyone is welcome to sign the petition, though researchers who receive funding from U.S. agencies are especially urged to do so.
An earlier, similar petition that was aimed at the European Commission, was signed by over 23,000 people last fall. The U.S. petition is written to support public access to research funded by the U.S. government as well as the reintroduction and passage of the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA). Readers of this column will recall that FRPAA would mandate that research produced from most sources of federal funding would be freely available within 6 months of publication of the research in journal articles.
According to an article in Wired, "Open Access Launches Journal Wars", Senator Cornyn, one of the original sponsors of the FRPAA is poised to resubmit it, since the bill did not come up for consideration last year.
Posted by Katie Newman at March 14, 2007 4:51 PM