Monday, June 15, 2009

Student Groups issue statement for Open Access

An article in today's Inside Higher Ed ("Student Coalition Forms to Support Open Access") shares information on student groups who have joined together to issue a "Statement on Open Access." The group includes:

American Medical Student Association (June 10, 2009)
Student PIRGs (June 10, 2009)
Students for Free Culture (June 10, 2009)
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (June 10, 2009)
California Institute of Technology Graduate Student Council (June 10, 2009)
Trinity University Association of Student Representatives (June 10, 2009)

Their website, Right to Research has a copy of the statement and a place to sign on in support. My only quibble is that as per usual, they refer to "universities" only, not colleges. It is such a simple thing to be inclusive of all academic institutions and be mindful that a significant number of articles are generated by college faculty. At the same time, it is to be hoped that students will become more involved in the Open Access Movement.

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