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August 03, 2015
By:
Tara García Mathewson
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted in favor of a bill that would require publicly funded research to be made available online, for free, within a year of publication.
July 30, 2015
By:
Lisa Peet
While FASTR was up for consideration by the Senate during the last three sessions of Congress, it had not gotten traction as a stand-alone bill until the summer of 2015.
July 30, 2015
By:
Mario Trujillo
A Senate panel on Wednesday passed legislation to require certain federally funded research to be open to the public.
July 29, 2015
By:
Jocelyn Kaiser
Open-access advocates are heralding a Senate panel’s approval today of a bill that would require U.S. science agencies to make the peer-reviewed research papers they fund freely available to the public.
July 29, 2015

For Immediate Release: July 29, 2015

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July 27, 2015
By:
Heather Joseph, SPARC
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. The language that will be considered is an amended version of FASTR, officially known as the 'Johnson-Carper Substitute Amendment,' which was officially filed by the HSGAC leadership late on Friday afternoon, per committee rules.
June 25, 2015
By:
Lisa Peet
However, SPARC executive director Heather Joseph pointed out, “The initial practice of Elsevier [in 2004] was to allow not only immediate deposit of authors’ manuscripts and repositories, but immediate accessibility. We’d like them to go back to that.”
June 16, 2015
By:
COAPI Steering Committee
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, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and Dartmouth Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
June 10, 2015
By:
Heather Joseph, SPARC
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. It turns out that very quietly, in early March, the VA released its plan for policies ensuring public access to articles and data resulting from its funded research, as required by the February 2013 White House directive. The plan provides mechanisms for the agency to broadly share articles and research data while fully respecting the Agency’s ethical and legal obligations to safeguard the privacy of veterans and other VA research subjects.

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