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There is a petition out in the US asking the Obama administration for an executive order mandating "free, timely access over the Internet to journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research". Anyone can sign the petition, not just those based in the US. Here is the text of the petition:

Require free, timely access over the Internet to journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.

We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education.  Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research. Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research.

The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process, and we urge President Obama to act now to implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.
The effort is aimed towards the "We The People" web platform to petition the White House directly. We have 30 days to reach 25,000 signatures, so every day and every signature counts. Given the 11k signatures on the Elsevier boycott and the roughly 30k on the Open Access pledges for support ten years ago, this is a very realistic scenario and if succesfull would require the Obama administration to publicly respond to the petition.

The goal is to reach beyond academia and get as many people as possible to sign the petition to show that Open Access is important for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Go ask you sister, brother, aunt, uncle, mother, father as well as all and any other relatives and friends you have to go and sign this important petition! The official campaign website is at and there is a Facebook page and a Twitter handle (@access2research) in place. So go and sign the petition, become a fan on Facebook, follow and retweet on Twitter as much as you can for the coming 30 days to get the petition over 25,000 signatures. For today, the Twitter hashtag is #OAMonday.
Posted on Monday 21 May 2012 - 10:13:58 comment: 0
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