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March 05, 2015

After all the hard work that scholars put into their research, they are eager to have the papers reporting on their work widely read.  Many understand that publishing their article in an Open Access journal provides them with the opportunity to reach the widest possible audience.  However, lingering concerns about the quality of open access journals have kept some academics from fully embracing the innovative publishing model.

March 02, 2015

In response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directive issued in February 2013, the U.S.

February 27, 2015

Earlier today, the three largest funding agencies in Canada released a coordinated policy requiring researchers to provide access to articles resulting from their funded research. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have issued "The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications." The full text of the

February 24, 2015

Oregon State University (OSU) has a deep history of commitment to Open Access.  In 2013, the campus adopted a policy requiring faculty to place copies of their scholarly articles in its institutional repository and, recently, interest has been growing around Open Data and Open Educational Resources.

Now, it is investing in getting students involved.

February 11, 2015

Today, NASA announced its plan for a policy ensuring public access to articles and data resulting from the approximately $3 billion it invests annually in basic and applied research, as required by the February 2013 White House directive

February 04, 2015

On Monday, President Obama released his FY16 Budget, which lays out the administration’s policy and funding priorities for the coming year.

October 20, 2014

SPARC is pleased to join with PLOS and OASPA in announcing the release of an update to the popular HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Spectrum (OAS) guide.

October 01, 2014

On September 29th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB609, The California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act, into law.

September 29, 2014

This morning I represented SPARC at a White House event announcing the winners of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program's fourth and final round. The event featured remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

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