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FASTR Talking Points

Open Access

The following are talking points in support of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR):

  • FASTR ensures that information contained in articles reporting on taxpayer funded scientific research can be freely accessed and fully reused in the digital environment.
  • This information is an essential component of our nation’s investment in science, and should be widely shared with the public. Yet most taxpayers – including scientists – cannot readily gain access to all the research paid for with their tax dollars.
  • Public access to research is important because it ensures that taxpayers receive the full return on their investment in publicly funded research. By removing barriers in the sharing and use of research, we can speed the pace of scientific discovery, and encourage new, interdisciplinary approaches to research challenges.
  • The sharing and reuse of these results will lead to increased use and application of research, and accelerate the translation of this knowledge into applications – products and services which will benefit the public, spur innovation, and fuel long-term economic growth.
  • This bill reflects the growing worldwide trend – by funding agencies and higher education institutions – to maximize access to and expanded sharing of research results, increasing usage by millions of scientists, professionals, and individuals, and delivering an accelerated return on their investment in research.
  • Recognizing that a one-size-fits-all approach is not practical, this bill offers a thoughtful, flexible approach to meeting the crucial policy goal of expanding access to the published results of taxpayer-funded research.
  • This legislation advances the progress made by the NIH Public Access Policy. Since its implementation, the NIH policy has ensured that more than 100,000 new biomedical manuscripts are deposited each year, resulting in millions of Americans having access to vital health care information. Demand for this information is extremely high, with almost one million unique users accessing material from this repository each weekday.

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