U.S. Representatives Introduce Bill for Federal Open Access Policy

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) would require federal agencies with annual extramural budgets of 100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  The bill, which builds on the success of the 2008 National Institutes of Health Open Access Policy, will unlock unclassified research funded by agencies like the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation.