Access2Research :: After years of fighting in the US Government trenches for open access to scholarly research, and after winning the battle to implement a public access policy at NIH, it has become clear that being on the right side of the issue is necessary but not sufficient. We’ve had the meetings, done the hearings, replied to the requests for information.
But we’re opposed in our work by a small set of publishers who profit enormously from the existing system. They can - and do - outspend those of us who have chosen to make a huge part of our daily work the expansion of access to knowledge. They can even get legislation introduced to prohibit public access policies and restrict scientific data sharing.
This puts the idea of access at a disadvantage. We know there is a serious debate about the extension of public access to taxpayer funded research going on right now in the White House, but we also know that we need more than our current approaches to get that extension made into federal policy.
The petition - Continue to read access2research.org
HT: Howard Rheingold via Mathew Ingram here: