Require free, timely access over the Internet to journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research!

We made it! The Obama Administration will review the petition. We will keep you updated on the issue here.
Please keep spreading the information and continue to sign the petition. We recommend you to look at the Right to Research website – the video – has been produced in conjunction with the petition.



Require free, timely access over the Internet to journal articles arising from 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 would benefit from unfettered access to the results of research they paid for. This 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.


To help accomplish this, on Monday, May 21st, a petition calling for Public Access to Federally Funded Research will be posted to the White House’s “We the People” site. If the petition garners 25,000 signatures within 30 days, it will be reviewed by White House staff, and considered for action.

To reach this number of signatures, we need you to sign the petition at: petitions and to activate your networks to do the same. Qualified signers must be at least 13 years old and have a valid email address. They do not need to come from the U.S.


We are asking you to please not only sign onto the petition, but to spread the word far and wide. Consider a blog post, an email to constituencies, a tweet, a Facebook share, an action in your library – anything that tells as many people as possible “I support this petition, I’m signing this petition, and I thought you should know about it too.” This is the kind of action that can have real consequences if we can reach the 25,000 signature goal – the White House takes this petition site very seriously, and is particularly cognizant of public opinion as the Presidential election draws closer.


Thanks in advance for your support for this effort – it is truly a critical time, and action now *can* make a difference!

SPARC Global