SLA Supports Open Access to Federally Funded Research

SLA, along with 11 other library, publishing, research and advocacy organizations, wrote a letter thanking U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden for introducing legislation titled “The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act” (FASTR). This bill, introduced on February 13, will provide an important mechanism to ensure that manuscripts of peer-reviewed scientific articles reporting on research funded by the U.S. Government can be freely accessed and fully used by all American taxpayers – including researchers, teachers, students and businesses.

The Obama Administration is similarly committed to the proposition that citizens deserve easy access to the results of scientific research their tax dollars have funded. In a policy memorandum released on February 22, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed government agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and require researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research.

Read the letter to Sen. Wyden


Read the White House Blog, “Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

Read: the memorandum on increasing access to the results of federally funded scientific research from OSTP Director John Holdren

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One response to “SLA Supports Open Access to Federally Funded Research”

  1. S.V.G. says:

    As an SLA member in Canada, I wonder if the SLA would make a statement deriding the Canadian Government’s recent muzzling of federal scientists and limiting access to information.

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