Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Online Pressure Builds as Obama Urged, 'Open Up'

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Online Pressure Builds as Obama Urged, 'Open Up'

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Open-access advocates have attempted to build up a head of steam in the US by launching a petition on the White House website calling on the Obama administration to require all publicly funded research in the country to be made freely available online.

Launched on 20 May, it attracted 15,000 signatures in its first four days. This was already more than half of the 25,000 signatories that must be obtained within 30 days in order to trigger an official response from the US government.

The petition says that expanding access to research would "speed the research process and increase the return on our investment".

It argues that the "highly successful" open-access mandate that has already been adopted by the US' National Institutes of Health "proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process".

The petition has been launched by a group of advocates under the banner "Access2research".

On its website, the group claims that there is a "serious debate" taking place in the White House about open access, but it believes a further push is needed. …

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