Following the news that the UK government will be requiring all research to be made available through open access, US researchers are hoping for a similar response from their government via a petition. The Whitehouse makes a formal response to these \"We the People\" petitions if they reach 25k signatures within 30 days.
This petition, organized by new PLoS advocacy director, Cameron Neylon is detailed below:
\"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.\"
As well as being essential for the future of science, a paper that came out this week in arXiv demonstrates why open access is good for your career as a researcher too.
\"The OA advantage is greater for the more citeable articles, not because of a quality bias from authors self-selecting what to make OA, but because of a quality advantage, from users self-selecting what to use and cite, freed by OA from the constraints of selective accessibility to subscribers only.\"
The petition can be found here. You DO NOT need to be a US citizen, so if you care about making science more efficient, go and sign it now! Edit:
\n@figshare Just to say I didn't organise petition, I was just cheerleading. Heather Joseph, John Wilbanks, Mike Rossner, and Mike Carroll\n— CameronNeylon (@CameronNeylon) May 21, 2012
@figshare Just to say I didn't organise petition, I was just cheerleading. Heather Joseph, John Wilbanks, Mike Rossner, and Mike Carroll