Open Access

February 06, 2008

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has issued SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding, which codifies best practices for the sale of e-resources without licenses and is freely available from http://www.niso.org/committees/seru/. SERU offers publishers and librarians the opportunity to save both the time and the costs associated with a negotiated and signed license agreement by agreeing to operate within a framework of shared understanding and good faith. Publication of SERU follows a trial-use period of June through December 2007, during which time librarians and publishers reported--all positively--on their experiences using the draft document.

March 20, 2012

Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s well-attended Congressional briefing on the issue of public access to the results of taxpayer funded research, 24 new bipartisan co-sponsors have officially been added to the roster of supporters for H.R. 4004, The Federal Research Public Access Act.

July 23, 2012

Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) – First Annual Report

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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.

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