[Open-access] Fwd: [GOAL] Fight Publishing Lobby's Latest "FIRST" Act to Delay OA - Nth Successor to PRISM, RWA etc.

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Nov 14 21:29:31 UTC 2013

I think anyone can reply to this

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From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 4:26 AM
Subject: [GOAL] Fight Publishing Lobby's Latest "FIRST" Act to Delay OA -
Nth Successor to PRISM, RWA etc.
To: "Global Open Access List (Successor of AmSci)" <goal at eprints.org>
Cc: "scholcomm at ala.org" <scholcomm at ala.org>

They never stop trying! Please help defeat the publishing lobby's latest
attempt to keep filibustering OA for as long as humanly tolerable.

(And 1st implement the immediate-deposit mandate &
which take the wind out of the sails of publisher OA embargoes.)

Stevan Harnad

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From: Nick Shockey <nick at arl.org>
Date: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM
Subject: [sparc-oaforum] Call to Action: Oppose Section 302 of the proposed
To: SPARC Open Access Forum <sparc-oaforum at arl.org>

A discussion draft of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and
Technology Act of 2013 (FIRST), currently being circulated within the House
Science Committee, would impose significant barriers to the
public’s ability to access taxpayer funded research by restricting federal
science agencies’ ability to provide timely, equitable, online access to
articles and data reporting on the results of research that they support.

One provision of the proposed bill – Section 302 – would extend the embargo
period after which federally funded research must be made freely available *to
up to three years after publication*.  This extension
would undercut federal agencies’ ability to effectively implement the
widely-supported White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Directive on Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research,
undermine the public access program pioneered by the National Institutes of
Health (NIH), and significantly hurt the utility of US public access policy.

You can learn more about Section 302 of the proposed FIRST Act and how it
would delay public access to publicly funded research on the SPARC website:

*SPARC asks supporters of Open Access to take the following steps to ensure
Section 302 doesn’t roll back the White House Directive:*

   1. *Ask your representatives in Congress to oppose language in the
   proposed FIRST Act to delay public access (Section 302) now through our
   Legislative Action Center: http://www.congressweb.com/SPARC/22
   2. Tweet at your legislators to oppose Section 302 of the FIRST Act and
   directly at Representative Lamar Smith (@LamarSmithTX21), Chairman of the
   House Science Committee.
   3. Forward this call to action or a link to the SPARC action page for
   the FIRST Act to friends, colleagues, and email lists.  Post about the bill
   to personal or organizational social media channels.
   4. Write an op-ed or letter to the editor about Section 302 of the FIRST
   Act for your local or campus newspaper, blog, or other publication outlet.

Thanks in advance for your support in ensuring Section 302 does not become



Nick Shockey
Director, Right to Research Coalition
Director of Student Advocacy, SPARC
nick at arl.org
+1 202 296 2296
Skype: nick.shockey
*http://www.arl.org/sparc <http://www.arl.org/sparc>*

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Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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