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Public Access to the Published Results of Publicly Funded Research Will Benefit the Economy, Science, and Health

Every year, the federal government funds tens of billions of dollars in basic and applied research with the expectation that the results will accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, stimulate innovation, and improve the public good. These research results typically are reported in articles published in a wide variety of academic journals. However, the high cost of journal subscriptions and restrictive licensing terms severely limits public access to these articles. Because U.S. taxpayers underwrite this research, they have a right to expect its dissemination and use will be maximized.

pdf patransitionoawg.pdf

 
 

"Restoring the Rule of Law" Statement Submitted by ALA and ARL

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) submitted this statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing titled, "Restoring the Rule of Law" held on September 16, 2008.

pdf testimony-ruleoflaw-23sept08.pdf

 
 

PubMed Central Deposit and Author Rights: Agreements between 12 Publishers and the Authors Subject to the NIH Public Access Policy

This paper, in an effort to help authors make informed choices about their rights, compares and contrasts how the agreements of 12 publishers permit authors to meet the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy and share their works while they are under embargo.

pdf grillot-pubmed-aug08.pdf

 
 

NIH Public Access Policy Does Not Affect U.S. Copyright Law

Analysis from ARL and SPARC asserting that the NIH Public Access Policy is fully consistent with the United States Copyright Act, has no relation to the Berne Convention and the TRIPS Agreement, is consistent with the trend among the United States' trading partners to make publicly funded research articles freely available on the Internet, and is fully consistent with the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).

pdf nihpolicy_copyright_july2008.pdf

 
   

ARL Comments on NIH Revised Public Access Policy

These comments on the revised NIH Public Access Policy are submitted on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Public support for science is enhanced when the public sees the benefits from our Nation's investment in scientific research. There is no doubt that scientific research is advanced by greater access to and dissemination of knowledge and the building upon the work of others.

pdf nih-public-access-arl-comments-may08.pdf

 
 

Revised NIH Public Access Policy: Comments on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries

These comments are submitted on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. ARL strongly supports the "NIH Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting From NIH Funded Research" (hereafter the NIH Public Access Policy). ARL members include many university libraries that support researchers on campuses who receive NIH funding. As a consequence, many ARL libraries are collaborating with others within their institution to ensure effective compliance with the revised Public Access Policy

pdf nih-comments-2008.pdf

 
 

Revised NIH Public Access Policy: Comments on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries

These comments are made on the behalf of the Association of Research Libraries on the revised NIH Public Access Policy. ARL strongly supports the Policy and commends NIH for soliciting comments while moving ahead in a timely manner with this critically important congressionally approved policy. Most ARL libraries support researchers who receive NIH funding thus are collaborating with others to ensure effective compliance with the Policy. As is abundantly clear by the numerous comments filed by ARL members, there is strong support for the revised NIH Policy because it is integrally tied to the mission of higher education.

pdf nih-comments-revised-30mar08.pdf

 
     
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