Target: U.S. Congress
Goal: Facilitate free public access to taxpayer-funded scientific research
As it currently stands, taxpayers who help fund national scientific research projects do not have public access to the results of the projects unless they’re willing to spend thousands of dollars purchasing the academic journals in which the results are published. A new bill being put before congress called the Fair Access to Science & Research Act (FASTR) aims to change that.
If passed, FASTR would require government agencies to devise a plan that would facilitate the public access and reusability of results garnered from taxpayer-funded projects. FASTR would apply to any researcher and any organization that received federal funding and would require them to submit journal articles containing the results of their projects within six months of the project’s completion. These journal articles would then be made freely available to the public shortly after being submitted.
FASTR’s fight to promote open access for public taxpayers to the research results they paid for is a much needed change to a flawed research process. By granting public access to federally-funded research projects, FASTR’s supporters are hoping to reinvigorate scientific progress and push some of the power out of the hands of private publishers who charge a fortune for research results that should be free to those who initially pay for them. Help support open access to publicly-funded research results by urging congress to vote in favor of FASTR.
Dear members of Congress,
As a hard-working taxpayer, I deserve to have free access to the scientific research I am helping to fund without having to pay ridiculous sums of money to private publishers. By monopolizing the results of publicly-funded research projects, all these publishers are accomplishing is the suppression of scientific progress for the sake of their own private funding.
Please help support open and free public access to these scientific research results by voting in favor of the Fair Access to Science & Research Act. Public citizens and taxpayers shouldn’t be locked out of results which they help pay for and which could potentially help them solve other scientific problems. By signing this petition, I am urging you to vote in favor of FASTR and help put the research results of federally-funded projects in the hands of those who deserve them.
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