Summary: We pay for much of the basic research done in the US, but have astonishingly little access to the results. That can be changed. This is a small reform, giving us practice in collective action of the kind necessary to take back America. The longest trek begins with a small training hike. Take this step today!
From Wired: “Many scientific papers are locked away behind paywalls. But the federal government pays for nearly all of this research! So not only should we have access to it in order to allow science to build upon itself, but as a citizenry we have paid for this research and should be able to access it.”
Sign the online petition to require free access to
scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.
We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education. Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research. Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research.
The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process, and we urge President Obama to act now to implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.
For more information go the Access2Research website.
For more information about science research
- Richard Feynmann, one of the 20th centuries greatest scientists, talks to us about climate science, 12 February 2009
- “Most scientific papers are probably wrong” – New Scientist, 20 June 2010
- A famous scientists makes a startling admission about Earth’s climate, 26 April 2012