Today, July 29, 2015, the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously approved S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act, or FASTR. The bill seeks to codify the February 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum on access to federally funded research. FASTR calls for federal agencies with extramural research budgets of over $100 million to establish—to the extent possible—common public access policies for peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from federally funded research. Provisions in the legislation call for public access to these articles no later than 12 months after publication with a preference for embargo periods shorter than 12 months.
The bill will now move to the US Senate floor for debate and consideration. ARL has strongly supported FASTR and will continue to promote the legislation going forward.