The Right to Research
You know first hand that students are expected to cite articles from scholarly journals when they write research papers.
You’ve probably used journal articles in your coursework. You’ve probably also encountered journal articles that you wanted to read — potentially important articles — but couldn’t get access to.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
OPEN ACCESS — the principle that research should be accessible online, for free, immediately after publication — is improving the way scholarly information is shared.
From the openstudents blog
The Right to Research: The student guide to opening access to scholarship, a SPARC educational initiative, was launched in January 2008, in response to growing demand from the college student community for tools and resources to express their support for Open Access to research. The launch marks the anticipated rise in student involvement, which has been expanding since 2003 (see the timeline).
SPARC gratefully acknowledges:
Gavin Baker, University of Florida graduate, SPARC summer intern (2007), and now SPARC Outreach Fellow, who developed the text for this brochure and accompanying Web site. Laurel Forrest, Graduate Student in Public Health at the University of California-Los Angeles; Nick Shockey, recent graduate and former student senator at Trinity University in Texas; and Kristen Lipscomb Sund, Graduate Student in Molecular and Developmental Biology at the University of Cincinnati, who also contributed to development of the text. The many individuals who provided input and support in the design of this initiative.