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US university and library organisations release OA statement

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The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have released a two-page statement by David E. Shulenburger calling on the research university community to provide input to the US Government for increasing access to the results of federally-funded research.

In the statement, Shulenburger says: 'To assure that resulting plans serve scholarship well, it is critically important that we provide input to federal agencies while they are considering what to propose to the White House, as well as during the Director’s approval process. We must help ensure that agency plans are efficient and effective, and that they meet the needs of the academy, the Government, and the public.'

The statement follows the memorandum in February from John P. Holdren, director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. The memorandum called on US federal research funding agencies with R&D budgets of $100 million or more to develop a plan within six months to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the federal Government.