WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.
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.
This petition calls 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, and considered for action.
To reach this number of signatures, you need to sign the petition at wh.gov/6TH and to do all that you can to activate your networks to do the same. 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.
Please not only sign onto the petition, but to spread the word far and wide. Consider a blog post, an email to constituencies, a tweet, a Facebook share, an action in your library - anything that tells as many people as possible "I support this petition, I'm signing this petition, and I you to sign it also." This is the kind of action that will have real consequences when we reach the 25,000 signatures goal - the White House takes this petition site very seriously, and is particularly cognizant of public opinion as the Presidential election draws closer.