This is something that should matter to us all. Our tax dollars pay for this research- we’ve paid once, and we don’t need greedy academic ‘publishers’ forcing us to pay again.
We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education. Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research. Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research.
The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process, and we urge President Obama to act now to implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.
Sign the petition. Go do it now.
- White House petition to bring down paywalls on taxpayer-funded research (wwws.whitehouse.gov)
- Open Access Petition (madisonian.net)
- White House, Petition for Open Access (laurientaylor.org)
- Sign the U.S. Petition to Support Public Access to Publicly Funded Scientific Research (creativecommons.org)