SPARC Blog

July 29, 2015

It’s indeed a truism to say that changes in U.S. public policy happen slowly; entrenched interests fight against what they perceive to be radical changes, and most policymakers are reluctant to change things too quickly. As a result, most advances are incremental, with new policies building on existing ones, step by tiny step.

July 27, 2015

After a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the "Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act" up for mark-up on Wednesday, July 29th.

June 16, 2015

As evidence of the continued importance of open access in contemporary research culture, several prominent colleges and universities have recently adopted open access policies or resolutions, maximizing the reach and impact of their faculty’s scholarship: Pennsylvania State University

June 10, 2015

Yesterday, during the annual meeting of the NIH PubMed Central (PMC) National Advisory Committee, NIH staff noted that they were working to include Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-funded articles into the PMC database.

May 20, 2015

Earlier today, SPARC joined with our colleagues from the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and 22 other international organizations to raise serious objections to the latest revisions to Elsevier’s article sharing policy.  The revisions ma

April 08, 2015

Next Up for Agency Public Access Plans: NOAA
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC

April 06, 2015

NIST Releases Public Access Plan: Agency will Partner with NIH to use PMC Platform
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC

March 24, 2015

Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released its plan to establish policies to ensure public access to articles and data resulting from its funded research, as required by the February 2013 White House directive.

March 17, 2015

The Department of Defense (DoD) has released a “draft plan” outlining steps it will take to establish policies to ensure public access to articles and data resulting from its funded research, as required by the February 2013 White House directive.   While the Department is careful to note that “the p

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.

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