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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act

Under FASTR, every federal agency that spends more than $100 million on grants for research would be required to adopt an open access policy. The bill gives each agency flexibility to implement an open access policy suited to the work it funds, so long as research is available to the public after an "embargo period" of a year or less.

Part of what's important about open access is that it democratizes knowledge: when research is available to the public, you don't need expensive journal subscriptions or paid access to academic databases in order to read it.