The Chief Academic and Research Officers of 18 research universities in the U.S., representing public and private institutions across 10 states, have declared their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act (S. 1373) in a letter issued today by the Greater Western Library Alliance. The letter is the first issued by chief academic and research officers in partnership, jointly recognizing the value of greater accessibility and utility afforded by legislation for public access to federally funded research.
The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), introduced in June by Senators Lieberman (I-CT) and Cornyn (R-TX), is a bi-partisan measure to ensure online public access to the published results of research funded through eleven U.S. agencies. The bill would require that journal articles stemming from publicly funded research be made available in an online repository no later than six months after publication.
The institutions represented are members of the Greater Western Library Alliance, a coalition of research libraries that collaborates on matters related to scholarly communication, electronic resources, cooperative collection development, digital libraries, and more. The Alliance coordinated the release of the letter.
The full text of the letter is available at http://www.gwla.org.