From the SPARC Advocacy News section, posted Feb 14, 2013:
The bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) was introduced in Congress on February 14, 2013. Co-sponsored in the Senate by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and in the House of Representatives by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Kevin Yoder (R-KS), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), FASTR will accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.
About the bill: The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act would require that US Government agencies with annual extramural research expenditures over $100 million make electronic manuscripts of peer-reviewed journal articles that stem from their research freely available on the Internet and would enable their productive reuse. For details, see SPARC's FAQ on the bill.
Why is it important to academe? This legislation will mean enhanced access to federally funded research articles for researchers and students at your institution, as well as expanded utility of those articles. Availability of federally funded research in open online archives also will expand the worldwide visibility of the research conducted at your institution, increase the impact of your investment in this research, and aid you in examining related work at other institutions that compete for Government grants and contracts.
It will also enable researchers on your campus to begin to use these digital articles in new and innovative ways, including applying new computational analysis, text mining and data mining tools and techniques that have the potential to revolutionize scientific research.
How you can support the bill. Take action today to let Congress know that you support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act. Find out how by visiting our Legislative Action Center on the Alliance for Taxpayer Access website.
Campus actions. You can also take action on your campus to raise awareness of the legislation, and help generate additional support. Consider:
*Sharing the text of proposed legislation with your colleagues
*Alerting your institution's Federal Relations Officer to the proposed legislation, and encouraging your institution to endorse the bill.
*Contact your campus newspaper; consider writing an article, editorial or OpEd supporting the proposed legislation.