The bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) was introduced in Congress on Feb. 14, 2013 with a view to enable free online access to and lawful digital reuse of journal articles emanating from publicly funded research.
Specifically, the bill would require federal agencies with annual extramural research expenditures of $100 million or more to mandate that the peer-reviewed manuscripts of journal articles resulting from publicly funded research be made freely available online within six months after the articles are published in scholarly journals. The free public access would maximize the dissemination of the research findings, encourage robust reuse of the articles, and augment the return on government funding.
FASTR is important to higher education because it:
Ten library, publishing, research, and advocacy organizations have expressed their support for FASTR.