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Letter to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell re: NIH Public Access Policy (Sept. 19, 2007)

Letter from the Net Coalition requesting support for adoption ofthe National Institutes of Health's public access policy as part of S. 1710, the FY2008 Labor, Heath, and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, or any other appropriate legislation.

pdf lt-netcoalition-public-access-19sep07.pdf

 
         

Mandatory Public Access to Federally Funded Research Does Not Violate Copyright Obligations

Statement from ARL, SPARC, and ALA refuting the argument of several publishers of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals who argued that proposed legislative changes to the NIH Public Access Policy would violate U.S. treaty obligations under Article 13 of TRIPS and Article 9 of the Berne Convention, and potentially constitute a "compulsory license."

pdf public-access-statement-nih-july07.pdf

 
         

Short Talking Points on PubChem/CAS Issue

PubChem is a free, publicly available database created by NIH in 2004 to provide information about small molecules for use as research tools and as potential starting points that may lead to the development of new medications. The database connects chemical information with biomedical research and clinical information in a connect-the-dots fashion, organizing facts in numerous public databases into a unified whole.

pdf pubchem-cas-talkingpoints.pdf

 
   

Fall Forum 2006: Universities Rethink Publishing

Proceedings of the 2006 ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "Improving Access to Publicly Funded Research: Policy Issues and Strategies." Sarah E. Thomas presents on the DPubS Digital Publishing System.

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Fall Forum 2006: Faculty Copyright Management: University of California Strategies

Proceedings of the 2006 ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "Improving Access to Publicly Funded Research: Policy Issues and Strategies."

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Fall Forum 2006: Open Access: A Perspective from the American Society for Microbiology

Proceedings of the 2006 ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "Improving Access to Publicly Funded Research: Policy Issues and Practical Strategies."

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Cornyn Remarks on Federal Research Public Access Act

Senator Cornyn introduces the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006, "legislation that will refine the work done by NIH and require that the federal government's leading underwriters of research adopt meaningful public access policies."

pdf remarks-cornyn-frpaa-02may06.pdf

 
 

Letter to John Cornyn re: Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (May 2, 2006)

Letter supporting the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 on behalf of six national library associations.

pdf ltr-cornyn-frpaa-02may06.pdf

 
 

NIH Public Access Policy FAQ

This FAQ document from 2007 answers questions that have been raised concerning the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Policy on Enhanced Public Access to NIH-Funded Research. It can help respond to queries concerning the NIH policy that arise from different constituencies on campus.

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ARL Comments on NIH Public Access Policy

In this October 2004 letter, Prudence Adler writes on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries to express ARL's strong support for the NIH proposal to provide freely available online access to NIH-funded manuscripts via PubMed Central. There are many aspects of the NIH plan that ARL endorses and ARL applauds NIH's leadership in promoting this balanced initiative. 

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Letter to Elias A. Zerhouni re: NIH Public Access Policy (Aug. 31, 2004)

Letter from library associations to director of National Institutes of Health (NIH), expressing strong support of the NIH proposal to provide freely available online access to NIH-funded manuscripts via PubMedCentral.

pdf arlzerhouni-nih-083104.pdf

 
 

Controversial FIRST Bill Moves Forward

"first" rubber stampOn May 28, 2014, the US House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014, H.R. 4186. The bill seeks to reauthorize sections of the America COMPETES Act relating to the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The bill is highly controversial and opposed by many organizations and institutions.

 
 

Appropriations Bill Restores Some Funding, Requires Public Access to Federally Funded Research

us-capitol-snowy-duskimage © Katie HarbathThe US House of Representatives and the US Senate on January 16 approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, which will fund the federal government through FY 2014. President Obama signed the legislation, averting yet another government shut down. The Consolidated Appropriations Act restores some but not all of the budget lines cut in the sequester.

 
 

Higher Education Community Supports Access to Publicly Funded Research

grafitti spelling FASTRimage © Newtown graffitiSixty-six presidents and provosts of US universities and colleges sent a letter to Congress urging passage of public access legislation, Fair Access to Science and Technology Research, or FASTR. This legislation promotes the acceleration of scientific discovery by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible online. The presidents and provosts stated, “we believe that this legislation represents a watershed and provides an opportunity for the entire U.S. higher education and research community to draw upon their traditional partnerships and collaboratively realize the unquestionably good intentions of the bill’s framers—broadening access to publicly funded research in order to accelerate the advancement of knowledge and maximize the related public good. By ensuring broad and diverse access to taxpayer-funded research the bill also supports the intuitive and democratic principle that, with reasonable exceptions for issues of national security, the public ought to have access to the results of activities it funds.”

 
 

Open Access Empowers 16-Year-Old to Make Cancer Breakthrough

andraka-interview-screenshotimage © Right to Research CoalitionSPARC’s student initiative, the Right to Research Coalition, has released a video interview of Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore who won the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with a breakthrough diagnostic for pancreatic cancer. Interviewed by Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Andraka discusses how open access articles and NIH’s PubMed Central played a key role in enabling his discovery.

 
 

White House Directive on Public Access to Federally Funded Research and Data

On February 22, 2013, John P. Holdren, Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memorandum directing federal research funding agencies with R&D budgets of $100 million or more to develop a plan within six months to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the federal Government.

 
 
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