Friday, October 16, 2009

More and More Students are Advocating for Open Access

The student Right to Research Coalition, a body that advocates for increased Open Access to research results, now represents over 5 million students internationally. From SPARC's 15 October's press release:

The student Right to Research Coalition, a group of national, international, and local student associations that advocate for governments, universities, and researchers to adopt Open Access practices, has now grown to include some of the most prominent student organizations from the United States and across the world. The recent addition of 8 new organizations brings the number of students represented by the coalition to over 5 million, demonstrating the broad, passionate support Open Access enjoys from the student community. . . .

“The incredible growth of the student interest in Open Access, especially the depth of their commitment to advocacy, sends a strong signal that this movement is here to stay,” commented Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. “We’re looking forward to the energy, creativity, and passion that these groups will surely bring to ensuring that scholarly research is accessible to all.”

Student organizations are invited to join the coalition at

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