United Nations Report Calls for Open Access to Research to Improve Global Health

Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash, CC0. Last month the United Nations released a report with recommendations on how to improve innovation and access to health technologies. The panel’s charge called for it to “recommend solutions for remedying the policy incoherence between the justifiable rights of inventors, international human rights law, trade rules and … Read More “United Nations Report Calls for Open Access to Research to Improve Global Health”

Public access to research language retained in U.S. spending bill

Last year, the U.S. Congress included a provision in its appropriations legislation that would ensure that some research conducted through federal spending would be made accessible online, for free. It mandated that a subset of federal agencies with research budgets of at least $100 million per year would be required provide the public with free … Read More “Public access to research language retained in U.S. spending bill”

California enacts law to increase public access to publicly funded research

On Monday California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 609–the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act. The law requires that research articles created with funds from the California Department of Public Health be made publicly available in an online repository no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. AB … Read More “California enacts law to increase public access to publicly funded research”

Proposed U.S. law would weaken and postpone public access to publicly funded research

This week the U.S. House Representatives introduced H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014 (FIRST Act). The stated goal of the proposed law — “to provide for investment in innovation through scientific research and development, [and] to improve the competitiveness of the United States — is worthy and well … Read More “Proposed U.S. law would weaken and postpone public access to publicly funded research”

University proposal supports U.S. public access directive

Last week the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released a draft plan on how they’d support public access to federally funded research aligned with the February 22 White House public access directive. The SHared Access Research Ecosystem, or SHARE, is a … Read More “University proposal supports U.S. public access directive”