Summary: Here’s an opportunity to pressure the government to open up the research we fund, rather than letting the benefits flow to well-connected scientists and corporations. This would make a long-term difference in a dozen different fields, including climate science.
Every year the National Science Foundation hands out nearly $7 billion to fund scientific research in America. But even though your tax dollars are paying for the work, to get the results you need to pay money to for-profit journal publishers who control the content. It’s silly and unfair: if we’re paying for the research,we should get to see the results!
Three years ago this week, the National Institutes of Health announced that all medical research they fund would have to be published as “open access” — available to anyone, for free, over the Internet. The policy has been a huge success, but now it’s time for the rest of the government to follow suit.
That’s why we’re teaming up with libraries, universities, and patient advocacy groups to demand every publicly-funded publication be made open access. If we’re going to be spending billions of dollars on research, the least they can do is let us read it.
Can you sign our petition to the White House and Congress? We’ll deliver your signatures with our partners later this week. Here’s more background, from the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.
Petition to Congress and President Obama:
When the government pays for scientific research, it does so to benefit the public — not so private profiteers can make more money. Americans should have free access to research funded by the National Science Foundation.
Click here to sign the petition.
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- “Aliens cause global warming”: wise words from the late Michael Crichton, 15 November 2008
- My “wish list” for the climate sciences in 2009, 2 January 2009
- Peer review of scientific work – another example of a flawed basis for public policy, 22 January 2009
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- An opportunity to judge for yourself the adequacy of today’s climate science, 2 March 2009
- Lost voices in the climate science debate, 22 April 2009
- More attempts to control the climate science debate using smears and swarming, 19 October 2009
- An important letter sent to the President about the danger of climate change, 24 October 2009
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