A key component of SPARC's overall strategy is advocating for policy changes at the local, national, and international levels that support the use of technology to advance scholarly communication, and which explicitly recognize that dissemination of results of research is an essential, inseparable component of the research process. SPARC actively supports the policies for public access to publicly funded research described below.
The bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) was introduced in Congress on February 14, 2013. Co-sponsored in the Senate by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and in the House of Representatives by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Kevin Yoder (R-KS), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), FASTR will accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.
If you’re considering a campus open-access policy, or already have one in development, SPARC is here to help. SPARC has coordinated with open-access policy leaders and experts to develop this new set of resources to support data-driven, community-engaging, and successful open-access policy development at institutions everywhere. Please explore and let us know how we can support you.
Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) - Access to Outputs of Research, Policy in Development
Founded and administered by SPARC, the ATA is a diverse and growing alliance of organizations representing taxpayers, patients, physicians, researchers, and institutions that support open public access to taxpayer-funded research. 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.
Much of SPARC's advocacy work is conducted in coordination with the Open Access Working Group (OAWG). Initiated by SPARC in 2003, the OAWG is a group of like-minded organizations that collaborate to build a framework for collective advocacy of open access to research. The group seeks to build broad-based recognition that the economic and societal benefits of scientific and scholarly research investments are maximized through open access to the results of that research. OAWG aims to bring about changes within stakeholder institutions enabling viable open access models to be widely and successfully implemented and accepted.