The NIH Public Access policy began twelve years ago. A decade of medical information online, usually after a year embargo, freely available if you received NIH funding. This is a huge resource to graduating students, unaffiliated researchers, and people of all persuasions trying to find a study about a drug for themselves or a loved one. Certainly there is a lot more than just a decade of information in PubMed Central, which is where those articles must be deposited, but it’s certainly helping those numbers tick up regularly.
Earlier this year we had RWA, the Cost of Knowledge (which you can still sign, btw), and FRPAA making major headlines. Now here’s another opportunity. We’re petitioning the White House to speak out on making tax payer funded research freely available via the internet to tax payers.
By all means, sign the petition! I signed on Monday (#2,270). :)