access2research: US petition for more Open Access
A petition initiated by the access2research group on 13 May 2012 calls on the US Government to mandate free access over the Internet to journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research. It urges the Obama Administration to follow the example of the Public Access Policy der National Institutes of Health (NIH) and implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research (e.g., the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency etc.).
According to the organisers, if 25,000 people signed the petition by 19 June 2012 it would be reviewed by White House staff, and considered for action. At the very least, an official statement from the Obama Administration could be expected. This would be an important signal in the light of the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA 2012), which is currently being debated by Congress and whose aims coincide with those of the petition. After just two days, some 10,000 supporters had signed the petition, and as of 9 June, 2012 the goal of 25 000 signatures had been exceeded by 1,365.
The petition is still open, and anyone can sign. All one has to do is to register on a once-off basis at "We the People", the official White House petition page.
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