The letter has been issued in support of the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), which is currently working its way through Congress. The letter notes that FRPAA “builds upon the success of the first U.S. policy for public access to publicly funded research – implemented in 2008 through the National Institutes of Health – and mirrors the intent of campus-based policies for research access that are being adopted by a growing number of public and private institutions across the nation.
“We believe that this legislation represents a watershed and provides an opportunity for the entire U.S. higher education and research community to draw upon their traditional partnerships and collaboratively realize the unquestionably good intentions of the Bill’s framers – broadening access to publicly funded research in order to accelerate the advancement of knowledge and maximize the related public good,” the letter says.
The signers of the letter are representatives of, among other institutions, Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Cornell, Duke, Indiana Universities, two campuses of the University of Texas, the University of California system and two of its individual campuses, Stanford University, Tulane University, and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
The letter has been posted on the website of Steven E. Hyman, Harvard Provost and a signer, athttp://www.provost.harvard.