Call Legislators to Support Access to Federally Funded Research; FIRST Act Scheduled for Mark-up Today

From our colleagues at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an important action alert about access to federally funded research, the top issue on ACRL’s 2014 legislative agenda:

The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014, the FIRST Act, is scheduled to be marked-up in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology TODAY!!! Section 303 of this current legislation would impose significant barriers to the public’s ability to access to taxpayer funded research by restricting federal science agencies’ ability to provide timely, equitable, online access to articles and data reporting on the results of research that they support.

However, Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. Lofgren (D-CA) have drafted an amendment that would dramatically improve the current legislation. It would reduce the original 24 month embargo period down to a 12 month embargo period; modify the possible extension of the embargo period down to six months from one year; and replace an 18-month delay while agencies develop a plan for creating a policy into a report to Congress in 90 days and implementation of their public access policies within on year.

ACT NOW: Please call members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee NOW and let them know you support the Sensenbrenner/Lofgren amendment to Section 303 of the FIRST Act. Find talking points and easy access to the phone numbers of your legislators in SPARC’s action alert.