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New Public Access Legislation Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) have introduced new legislation focused on the issue of public access to publicly funded research results.  The sponsors of the “Public Access to Public Science (PAPS) Act” have indicated that the legislation is intended to build on the recently issued White House OSTP Directive on Public Access, and to codify that language into legislation for those agencies under the jurisdiction of the House Science Committee.

Advocates Talk Open Access on Capitol Hill

Earlier this week, SPARC sponsored a Congressional Briefing designed to educate policy makers on the importance of ensuring broad and open access to the results of publicly-funded scientific research, and to promote the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR). The panel, moderated by myself, featured a compelling discussion with three eloquent and engaging advocates representing distinct perspectives on Open Access.

(Very) Good news from the UK - Recommended Revisions to Open Access Policy

Some very good news out of the UK early this morning (UK time!) - The UK House of Commons' Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee has just released a new report, "Open Access: Achieving a Functional Market," recommending significant revisions to the Open Access Policy direction set out in response to last year's controversial "Finch Report," as well as in the revised Research Council's UK (RCUK) Open Access Policy. 

Open Access Week 2013 Planning - Start Posting your events now

Whether your events are focused on getting faculty and students informed on Open Access Issues or if you want to promote Open Access projects your campus has begun, start planning and posting your events now to get maximum participation! 

OSTP Public Access Directive Deadline Update

As you know, earlier this year the Obama Administration issued an important Executive Directive requiring that U.S. Government agencies with annual extramural research and development expenditures over $100 million produce an implementation plan ensuring that articles and data resulting from its funded research be made freely accessible, online, to the public.

SPARC Honors Creators of The Declaration On Research Assessment With SPARC Innovator Award

Evaluating good research and recognizing accomplished researchers is an important component of science, but, critics claim that there has been too much emphasis placed on using the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) as a proxy to assess impact.

The JIF is a quick and easy way to assess the average number of citations in a journal. However, many in the scientific community feel that it has been applied inappropriately to measure articles and individual researchers, and has come to dominate publishing decisions and academic personnel matters in a way that skews scientific judgments.

Knowledge Exchange Releases SPARC-sponsored Report on Strategies for Sustaining Open Access Resources

Knowledge Exchange* has released “The Collective Provision of Open Access Resources,” the third report in its multiphase “Sustainability of Open Access Resources” initiative. The report, which was funded by SPARC, examines the practical planning issues relevant to the economic sustainability of infrastructure services that support the growth of the open-access dissemination of scholarly and scientific research.

New SPARC Open Data Resource for Research Funders

Today, SPARC released a new community resource for research funders entitled, “Implementing an Open Data Policy”.  This primer addresses key issues that these organizations encounter when considering the adoption and implementation of an open data policy.  The guide covers big-picture topics such as how to decide on the range of activities an open data policy should cover.

With Introduction of FASTR, Congress Picks up the Pace on Open Access Legislation

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), introduced today in both the House and the Senate, represents an important step forward in the legislative progression toward the goal of Open Access to publicly funded research.

Bipartisan Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) Continues to Gain Support in Congress

Good news for supporters of open access to the results of taxpayer funded research this week, as Members of Congress continue to express their support for the proposed legislation.
The most recent news came as additional co-sponsors were added to the bill in both the House and Senate. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) is the latest to co-sponsor FRPAA in the Senate (S. 2096), while on the House side, Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) added their names to the growing roster for lawmakers who support the bill (H.R. 4004).