Plans underway to expand access to federally-funded research results


MARCH 28, 2013
This article first appeared in the March 2013 PXE International eNewsletter

Plans underway to expand access to federally funded research results

In May 2012, PXE International published an article in the eNewsletter asking readers to sign on to a “We The People” petition to require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research. On February 22, 2013, Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memorandum to Federal agencies that directs those with more than $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop plans to make the results of federally-funded research publically available free of charge within 12 months after original publication. The policies were developed carefully in order to strike the balance between the extraordinary public benefit of increasing public access to the results of federally-funded scientific research and the need to ensure that the valuable contributions that the scientific publishing industry provides are not lost. It also provides the flexibility to make changes in the future based on experience and evidence. This action is a direct result of the thousands of people who signed the petition. Thanks to all of you who made the effort!

Read the official response of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

MAY 23, 2012
This article first appeared in the May 2012 PXE International eNewsletter

Sign on to the petition by June 21, 2012!

Our goal is to accelerate pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) research, but sometimes we can't even get the latest research results at all or it is too expensive – you can change this now!

This year, the Obama Administration has been actively considering the issue of Public Access to the results of Federally Funded research. We have a brief, critical window of opportunity to demonstrate our strong commitment to expanding the NIH Public Access Policy across all U.S. Federal Science Agencies. To help accomplish this, a petition calling for Public Access to Federally Funded Research has been posted to the White House's "We the People" site. When the petition garners 25,000 signatures within 30 days, it will be reviewed by White House staff, which takes this petition site very seriously, especially in this election year.

Please sign the petition and do all that you can to activate your networks to do the same via blog post, email, tweet, a Facebook share. Qualified signers must be at least 13 years old, have a valid email address, and can come from inside or outside of the U.S. Thanks in advance for your support for this effort - together we can expand the NIH Public Access Policy to all U.S. Federal Science Agencies!