Advocacy

August 04, 2014

Following is a statement by Heather Joseph on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) plan for increasing public access to the results of federally-funded scientific research.

March 18, 2015

SPARC, an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication, today applauded the reintroduction of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, which would ensure that public access to research articles becomes the law of the land.

April 26, 2012

Frustrated with business practices that limit their ability to share the results of their scholarship, more than 10,500 academics have now signed the Cost of Knowledge’s online boycott of the journal publisher, Elsevier. Citing disapproval over exorbitant journal prices and profits, restrictive bundling requirements for journal purchasing, and support for legislation to further limit the free exchange of scholarly information, the number of signatories continues to grow steadily.

August 04, 2015

For Immediate Release                                                               Contact:          Nicole Allen
August 4, 2015                                                                                                (202) 750-1637

January 16, 2014

Progress toward making taxpayer-funded scientific research freely accessible in a digital environment was reached today with Congressional passage of the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

April 24, 2012

In light of the recent, failed attempt to abridge access to scholarly articles via the Research Works Act (RWA), a growing number of researchers have expressed their frustration with the status quo in scholarly publishing, and are interested in learning about concrete actions that they can take to effect positive change. SPARC has prepared this resource for our members, to help you to engage your faculty and researchers, and talk with them about options for taking such action.

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