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Julia Mortyakova Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator RIGHT TO RESEARCH COALITION Internet Governance Forum 2010 Vilnius, Lithuania SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
SPARC’s MissionThe Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition SPARC was formed by the library community specifically to be a catalyst for action, in order to stimulate new systems that: • Expand the dissemination of research results in ways that leverage the networked digital environment, and in doing so, help to reducefinancial pressures on libraries www.arl.org/sparc
why is access limited? Nuclear Physics: $25,888 Brain Research: $22,386 Journal of Comparative Neurology: $19,500 • Journal of Chromatography: $15,217 • American Journal of Medical Genetics: $9,995 • Gene: $9,552 Journal of Neuroscience Research: $8,500 • Experimental Brain Research: $7,595 • Carbohydrate Research: $7,194 Biopolymers: $6,995 Neuroscience Letters: $6,863 Journal of Cellular Biochemistry: $6,510 • Journal of Cellular Physiology: $6,295 Journal of Molecular Biology: $5,915 • Developmental Biology: $5,681 Biotechnology and Bioengineering: $5,485 • Journal of Immunological Methods: $5,355 Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communication: $5,132 • Cancer Letters: $5,127 • Virology: $5,006 Elsevier Wiley Springer www.righttoresearch.org • Source: http://web.archive.org/web/20050828210650/libraries.mit.edu/about/scholarly/expensive-titles.html
the result… www.righttoresearch.org
New York Times Alzheimer’s Article Sharing of Data Leads to Progress on Alzheimer’s By: Gina Kolata • In 2003, a group of scientists and executives from the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the drug and medical-imaging industries, universities and nonprofit groups joined in a project that experts say had no precedent: a collaborative effort to find the biological markers that show the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in the human brain. www.righttoresearch.org
Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) in U.S. Congress • June 2009 – FRPAA introduced in U.S. Senate • April 2010 – FRPAA introduced in the U.S. House • July 29, 2010 – U.S. House of Representatives holds a hearing on the subject of public access to federally-funded research www.righttoresearch.org
National Institutes of Health Policy (2008) ~700,000 full text articles deposited 420,000 unique users per day 99% articles downloaded at least once 25% university users, 40% citizens, 17% companies, remainder government or others www.righttoresearch.org
Executive Branch – White House RFI Request for Information on the topic of public access to federally funded research Public Comment Period – January 2010 Currently preparing Report/recommendations www.righttoresearch.org
Hearing on Public Access in U.S. House of Representatives • NGO/Private Research Funder – (Sophia Colamarino – Autism Speaks) • Patient Advocates - (Sharon Terry – Genetic Alliance President) • Researcher/Entrepreneur -(Sir Dr. Richard Roberts – New England Biolabs, Nobel Prize Laureate) • US Federal Agency – (Dr. David Lipman, NIH) • Publishers –(Catherine Nancarrow, Public Library of Science) Demo of financially successful model; growing sector of publishing marketplace • Economists - (University Presidents/Fortune 500 CEOS, independent organization – economic growth, innovation, competitiveness) • Higher Education –(Dr. David Shulenburger, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) - OA – Central to mission of Higher Ed Institutions www.righttoresearch.org
24 organizations representing 5.5 million students internationally Access to research is a student right Mission: Advocate for and educate about more open publishing practices Launched June 2009: We’re just getting started
The Right to Research Coalition is an organization of local, national, and international student associations collectively representing more than 5 million students who advocate for more open scholarly publishing practices. www.righttoresearch.org
We: Educate the next generation of medical researchers about open access Advocate for open access policies at the campus, national, and international levels www.righttoresearch.org
Events: • Student Summit 2009 and 2010 • Coalition Lobby Day • Presence at conferences • Resources for our members • International Expansion • Open Access Week 2010! www.righttoresearch.org
Questions: • Julia Mortyakova • firstname.lastname@example.org • The Right to Research Coalition! www.righttoresearch.org