News Archives - 2012

May 29, 2012
By:
Kyle Kenney, Research1ST
Why has this petition achieved such quick success? Well, along with the help of social media and A2R’s dedicated leaders, the petition provides an unmatched opportunity for ordinary Americans without the means to financially influence members of Congress to make a difference in the country’s research infrastructure. And it’s an opportunity we can’t afford to pass up — literally.
May 29, 2012

Please download these banner ads for use on your Website homepage, blog, in your emails, anywhere to get support out for the petition.

May 25, 2012
By:
Peter Brantley, Publishers Weekly
Today two different thunderbolts struck in academic publishing, one from an old storm, and the other from a new one. The weather forecast continues to be troubled, but as they say, we need the rain.
May 25, 2012
By:
Zoë Corbyn, Nature
More than 17,000 people have signed an online petition urging US President Barack Obama to require all scientific journal articles resulting from US taxpayer-funded research to be made freely available online. The signatures, obtained within a week of the petition's launch after an active social media campaign, put it over two-thirds of the way towards the threshold that will require an official response from the White House.
May 25, 2012

Just four days into the White House’s “We the People” Petition over 17,000 people have signed, calling on the Obama Administration to “require free access over the Internet to journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.”

May 25, 2012
By:
Dario Taraborelli
On May 20, a team of longtime advocates for public access to scholarly information launched a campaign to urge U.S. President Barack Obama to “require free access over the Internet to journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.” Opening up publicly-funded research will “provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research.” This is consistent with Wikimedia’s non-profit mission “to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.”
May 24, 2012
By:
Francie Diep, Live Sciences
We are in the middle of what activists are calling an "Academic Spring," in which scientists are revolting against the companies that publish their research.
May 24, 2012
By:
GenomeWeb
Advocates who support greater public access to federally-funded research have begun pressing the White House to take action soon to make the results of nearly all taxpayer-funded research publicly available by adopting a government-wide policy resembling one already in place at the National Institutes of Health.
May 23, 2012
By:
Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Ed
Building off recent momentum behind their cause, a group of public-access advocates has started a petition asking the Obama administration to require that work supported by taxpayer money be accessible online. The petition, from Access2Research, went live on the White House’s We the People public-petition site late Sunday night. Organizers got the word out quickly and broadly via social media (see the Twitter hashtag #OAMonday) and with the help of like-minded groups.
May 23, 2012
By:
Mike Masnick, TechDirt
There is currently a White House petition asking the government to require such free access to scientific journal articles coming out of taxpayer-funded research. The Obama administration has indicated interest in doing this in the past, but has not done so. Forcing the administration to respond to the petition may help nudge them in the right direction. The petition still needs a lot more signatures, though, so get signing.

Pages