How You Can Help Public Research Be Free

An enormous amount of research is funded by the government, and therefore indirectly by the tax payers. The vast majority of that research is then published in journals who thank us by charging for the privilege of reading that research. So we, the tax payers, pay for the research to happen, then we pay to find out the results. It’s like paying for the chef to make you dinner, then having to pay more to actually eat it — absurd. There’s one large government agency that has an open access policy, and that’s the National Institutes of Health: every paper published by them is available free of charge. But there are eleven other government agencies with giant research budgets totaling more than a billion dollars that have no such policy, making their research locked behind pay walls.


But fear not, because the future might not be that bleak. As we’ve talked about before, the White House has a petitioning system and someone wrote a petition “to implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.” So — especially if you have your account from signing the petition to abolish the TSA — you can sign this petition and help the chances of attention actually being paid to it. There are already over 25,000 signatures: join in the ranks, for the public good.

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From The White House, via The Reinvigorated Programmer


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