May 232012

The petition to the White House to require public access to the published results of taxpayer funded research has taken off – gaining more than 13,500 signatures in less than three days.  In order to get a response, a petition must get at least 25,000 signature in 30 days, so this is an awesome start.

It’s important to keep pushing, however, and send a strong message that this is an issue that matters to people – we don’t just want a response, we want policymakers to take notice of this constituency.




Twitter: @access2research

Here’s a round-up of responses from around the web:

Articles and Blog Posts

The Guardian: US Petition Could Tip the Scales in Favor of Open Access Publishing

Medeley Blog: Support free access to scientific journals arising from taxpayer-funded research. #OAMonday

Library Journal: ACRL Urges Librarians to Sign Research Access Petition

InTechWebBlog: To know the importance of providing free access to taxpayer-funded research:

PLoS Blog: Tell the White House to Expand Open Access to Federally Funded Research:

Scientific American: Take a stand for public access to taxpayer funded research

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC): Sign the White House Petition on Open Access to Research Today!

John Wilbanks’s Tumblr: ACCESS2RESEARCH

Open Knowledge Foundation Blog: Petition the White House to Open Up Publicly Funded Research

Open Science Foundation Google+:

Boing Boing: Petition to require free access over the internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research A Petition for Free Online Access of Taxpayer-Funded Research: Petition White House for Open Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research:

Confessions of A Science Librarian: Sign the petition to require open access to US taxpayer-funded research

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Insider: Sign the White House Petition on Open Access to Research Today:

Open Access Week Sign the White House Petition on Open Access to Research Today:

Scholarly Communication Program (Columbia University Libraries): Support open access to publicly funded research!

ASU Libraries: Increasing Public Access to Federally Funded Research

Etc. by Micah Vandegrift: Advocacy in the Form of Sabotaging a Facebook Post:

Alt1040: Open Data e investigación: acceso público y gratuito a los artículos científicos (Spanish):

Alliance for Taxpayer @ccess: Sign the White House Petition on Open Access to Research Today!:

Biosharing Blog: Open Access Petition – White House’s “We The People”:

Creative Commons: Sign the U.S. Petition to Support Public Access to Publicly Funded Scientific Research:

Figshare: #OAMonday – A call to action:

Stuart M. Shieber – The Occasional Pamphlet on Scholarly Communication: Open letter on the Access2Research White House petition:

Center for Scholarly Communication & Digital Curation Northwestern University Library: White House Petition on Open Access:

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week #AcademicSpring: Help the USA into the 21st century (even if you’re not American):

3 Quarks Daily: Public Access to Publicly Funded Research: it’s only fair:

UCL Discovery Blog: access2research campaign and petition:

Research Remix: Dear Colleague, Please Sign The Petition. #Openaccess:


Online Discussions and Videos

Public Pad (tracking endorsements):

Reddit Discussion:

Slashdot Discussion: White House Petition For Open Access to Research:

Hacker News Discussion: Petition Obama adminstration to require free access to publicly funded research (

Fake Elsiver video:

Google + Ripples Share Graphic!/petition/require-free-access-over-internet-scientific-journal-articles-arising-taxpayer-funded-research/wDX82FLQ&context=z12kzzmw1krtshkf422uupcpvsvojtslg

SPARC Video:


The Guardian: I can no longer work for a system that puts profit over access to research

@rret Sur Images: Depuis Janvier, Les Chercheurs en Rebellion Ouverte Contre Leurs Editeurs (Friends):

Michael Geist: The Future of Education is Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

Open Knowledge Foundation @ccess blog:

National Institute of Mental Health: Time Matters – Why We Care So Much About Data Sharing –



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