If you are interested in scholarship, you may like to sign this petition requiring Free Access to taxpayer funded research.
We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education. Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research. Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research.
The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process, and we urge President Obama to act now to implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.
Of course, what we really need is a petition calling for the persecution of those people who have gotten us into this mess in the first place: the scholars and scientists who have allowed sites like JSTOR to lock their articles behind a pay wall. Most countries have a law that says that academics must share their results with the tax payer. And sharing is not: selling, Or rendering it to pay sites.