[Taxacom] FW: [BOAI] Congress takes another stride toward public access toresearch -- Federal Research Public Access Act introduced inthe House of Representatives

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Fri Apr 16 01:52:41 CDT 2010

Here another step towards open access of scientific publications.




[Forwarding from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.   


For immediate release
April 15, 2010

For more information, contact
Jennifer McLennan
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

Congress takes another stride toward public access to research
Federal Research Public Access Act introduced in the House of

Washington, DC - Fueling the growing momentum toward openness, transparency,
and accessibility to publicly funded information, the Federal Research
Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) has been introduced today in the U.S.
House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and a bi-partisan host of
co-sponsors. The proposed bill would build on the success of the first U.S.
mandate for public access to the published results of publicly funded
research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and require federal
agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to
provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from
funded research no later than six months after publication in a
peer-reviewed journal.

"Free and open access to scientific literature and data are the
underpinnings of discovery in the digital age," said Stephen Friend MD PhD,
President and Co-Founder of Sage Bionetworks. "Full collaboration among
researchers is essential, and we have the power now to communicate,
collaborate, and innovate in ways that were previously unimaginable. I
applaud the sponsors of the Federal Research Public Access Act for their
commitment to ensuring the kind of access scientists need to make progress
on improved disease treatments and diagnostics in the digital world."

Like the Senate bill introduced in 2009 by Senators Lieberman (I-CT) and
Cornyn (R-TX), H.R. 5037 would unlock unclassified research funded by
agencies including: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce,
Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy,
Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security,
Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

H.R. 5037 follows closely on the heels of a recent expression of interest in
public access policies from the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy, which issued a request for public comment on mechanisms that would
leverage federal investments in scientific research and increase access to
information that promises to stimulate scientific and technological
innovation and competitiveness.

"This bill recognizes the urgent need - and opportunity - to use digital
technology to increase the pace of innovation," added Elliot Schwartz, Vice
President for Economic Studies at the Committee for Economic Development.
"The bill is a crucial, welcome move toward advancing research through
openness and avoiding making the taxpayer pay twice for taxpayer-funded
research. it is good public policy."
The introduction of H.R. 5037 was also welcomed by leaders in the higher
education community, who recognize this legislation helps to ensure the
United States is positioned to continue to fuel education and innovation.

"Conducting critical research that enriches and improves lives has always
been a key mission of universities in this country, including Ohio State,"
said E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University. "Disseminating
the knowledge gained from that research is an equally important part of our
institutions' public purpose. The Federal Research Public Access Act will
further spread new knowledge, and it has my full support."

"Advancing research is at the core of the mission of higher education, and
broadening access to the scholarly record is a critical step in helping
research to advance to its fullest potential," added Karen Hanson, Provost
and Executive Vice President, Indiana University. "The current system for
exchanging the results of research is deeply flawed, and major changes -
like this bill - are required. I welcome the introduction of the Federal
Research Public Access Act."

The Alliance for Taxpayer Access thanks and congratulates Representative
Doyle and all of the bill's co-sponsors for championing this pivotal
legislation, and calls on organizations and individuals to write in support
of the bill through the Web site at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org.

For more information about the Federal Research Public Access Act and the
broad coalition that supports its passage, visit


The Alliance for Taxpayer Access is a coalition of patient, academic,
research, and publishing organizations that supports open public access to
the results of federally funded research. The Alliance was formed in 2004 to
urge that peer-reviewed articles stemming from taxpayer-funded research
become fully accessible and available online at no extra cost to the
American public. Details on the ATA may be found at

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Programs & Operations
jennifer at arl.org
(202) 296-2296 x121
Fax: (202) 872-0884
SPARC 2010 Digital Repositories Meeting
November 8 & 9 - Baltimore, MD
Open Access Week 2010
October 18 - 24. Everywhere.


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