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SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of the outputs of the scholarly research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments.
As a catalyst for action, we focus on collaborating with other stakeholders to support the emergence of new scholarly communication practices and policies that leverage the networked digital environment, expand the dissemination of research findings, and reduce financial pressures on libraries. SPARC’s strategy focuses on reducing barriers to the access, sharing, and use of scholarship. Our highest priority is advancing the understanding and implementation of policies and practices that ensure Open Access to scholarly research outputs. SPARC’s primary focus is on journal literature, but our evolving strategy reflects an increasing focus on Open Access to research outputs of all kinds – including digital data and open educational resources (OER).
SPARC’s activities are centered on the following broad issue areas: