Secure Open Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research
Government agencies invest millions of taxpayer dollars into scientific research every year, and yet you—the taxpayer—aren't guaranteed access to the results unless you pay thousands of dollars to buy academic journals. The Fair Access to Science & Technology Research (FASTR) Act would fix this. Tell your members of Congress to support the bill.
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The Fair Access to Science & Technology Research (FASTR) Act makes government agencies design and implement a plan to facilitate public access to—and robust reuse of—the results of their investments. Any researcher who receives federal funding must submit a copy of resulting journal articles to the funding agency, which then makes that research freely available to the world within six months.
The FASTR Act has been introduced with bipartisan support in the House and the Senate, but your lawmakers need to know that open access has the Internet community's support. FASTR's robust support for open access will change a flawed system that rewards private publishers at the expense of scientific progress. You can help. Tell your members of Congress to support the future of scientific progress.