Today there is bill language making the rounds in Congress that would delay public access to federally-funded research. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 (FIRST) would restrict public access to articles reporting on federally-funded research for up to three years after initial publication. This delay is two years longer than what is stated in the White House’s Office of Science Technology Policy memo Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research and two and a half years longer that what is proposed in the bicameral, bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR).
ALA has joined in a letter (pdf) with 10 other national and regional library, publishing, and advocacy organizations expressing our strong opposition the current language in FIRST. We would encourage you to also contact your representatives; remind them that “Section 302 of the FIRST Act would turn back the clock on the substantial progress already made towards meaningful public access by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), undermine the widely-supported White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Directive on Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research, and put the U.S. at a severe disadvantage with the rest of the world in terms of policies that promote innovation and competitiveness.”
Please take a moment and use the Legislative Action Center to ask your representative to: