Open Access White House Petition Takes Off!

The petition to the White House to require public access to the published results of taxpayer funded research has taken off – gaining more than 13,500 signatures in less than three days.  In order to get a response, a petition must get at least 25,000 signature in 30 days, so this is an awesome start. It’s important to keep pushing, however, and send a strong message that this is an issue that matters to people – we don’t just want a response, we want policymakers to take notice of this constituency. Petition:  http://wh.gov/6TH Website: http://access2research.org Facebook: http://facebook.com/access2research Twitter: @access2research Here’s a round-up of responses from around the web: Articles and Blog Posts The Guardian: US Petition Could Tip the Scales in Favor of Open Access Publishing http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/may/22/us-petition-open-access-publishing Medeley Blog: Support free access to scientific journals arising from taxpayer-funded research. #OAMonday http://blog.mendeley.com/open-access/support-free-access-to-scientific-journal-articles-arising-from-taxpayer-funded-research-oamonday/ Library Journal: ACRL Urges Librarians to Sign Research Access Petition http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/05/legislation/acrl-urges-librarians-to-sign-research-access-petition/ InTechWebBlog: To know the importance of providing free access to taxpayer-funded research: http://intechweb.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/to-know-the-importance-of-providing-free-access-to-taxpayer-funded-research/ PLoS Blog: Tell the White House to Expand Open Access to Federally Funded Research: http://blogs.plos.org/plos/2012/05/tell-the-white-house-to-expand-open-access-to-federally-funded-research-2/ Scientific American: Take a stand for public access to taxpayer funded research http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/information-culture/2012/05/21/take-a-stand-for-public-access-to-taxpayer-funded-research/ Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC): Sign the White House Petition on Open Access to Research Today! http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/Sign_White_House_Petition_Open_Access_to_Research.shtml John Wilbanks’s Tumblr: ACCESS2RESEARCH http://del-fi.org/post/23466490850/access2research#notes Open Knowledge Foundation Blog: Petition the White House to Open Up Publicly Funded Research http://blog.okfn.org/2012/05/21/petition-the-white-house-to-open-up-publicly-funded-research/...

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