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  • Right to Research Video

    Today, we’re excited to announce a Right to Research Coalition video interview with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the US National Institutes of Health, and Jack Andraka, the 16-year-old inventor of a breakthrough cancer diagnostic, discussing the importance of Open Access.

    Click here to watch the video interview

    Click here to read our announcement

    Jack used free online articles “religiously” in creating his pancreatic diagnostic that is 26,667 times cheaper, 168 times faster, and 400 times more sensitive than the current test. In discussing his discovery, Jack points to paywalls for journal articles as a central barrier preventing others from making similar breakthroughs.

    Jack is a perfect example of the increased innovation that arises from unexpected places when anyone with curiosity, determination, and an Internet connection has Open Access to the research literature.

    Are you interested in working on Open Access issues with AMSA? Email for ways to get involved.

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  • Keep the library open after graduation

    At graduations across the country, students are walking across the stage, receiving their diplomas and beginning the next chapter of their lives. These graduates are equipped with a wealth of new tools. However, nearly all are forced to leave behind one of the most important: their library card.

    Students’ library cards are a passport to the specialized knowledge found in academic journal articles — covering medicine and math, computer science and chemistry, and many other fields. These articles contain the cutting edge of our understanding and capture the genius of what has come before. In no uncertain terms, access to journals provides critical knowledge and an up-to-date education for tomorrow’s doctors, researchers and entrepreneurs.

    But should that access cease at graduation? .....

    Read the rest of the opinion-editorial that appeared in the Washington Post (6/7/12) authored by AMSA National President Elizabeth Wiley, MD, JD, MPH and Matt Cooper, president and CEO of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students.

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  • President Obama: Make Publicly Funded Research Free, Available

    Christopher A. Hesh
    University of Maryland School of Medicine c/o 2015
    Co-President of UMD AMSA

    Barriers to healthcare access manifest in many forms and AMSA stands at the forefront of the fight to tear down these barriers in the effort to establish healthcare as a human right. Integral to this fight for access is the engine that drives discovery of healthcare delivery methods and new treatment programs: taxpayer-funded research.

    The American public spends $60 billion each year on non-defense research through government programs like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Energy (DOE). [1] Accessing this research can cost anywhere from $15 to $32 for a single article to multi-thousand dollar subscription fees for a single journal, forcing taxpayers to pay twice: once to fund the research and again to see the results. [2] This necessity of paying multiple times for access to life-saving research furthermore serves as a direct barrier to healthcare access for patients, who rely on their physicians to provide them with timely treatment programs informed by federally-funded research.

    We know from the success of the NIH Public Access Policy, which requires all NIH-funded research to be open-access 12 ...

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  • FRPAA Day of Action Tomorrow

    On April 25th, the Right to Research Coalition will host a Day of Action in support of the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), which would revolutionize students’ access to scholarly research by requiring that all federally-funded research be made openly available to the public. Students are encouraged to write op-eds and letters to the editor for publication in their local and campus newspapers, and write their legislators encouraging them to support and co-sponsor the bill. Students have already made a real impact, helping to secure a number of FRPAA’s 26 new co-sponsors, and April 25th will serve as a springboard to amplify student influence and help make FRPAA a reality.

    For additional background information on the legislation or how you can participate, see the FRPAA call to action.

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  • Free Access to NEJM Archives

    The New England Journal of Medicine has announced that for a limited time they are opening the NEJM Archive to everyone! The NEJM Archive dates from1812-1989 and contains some of the most important medical breakthroughs in history- from the first use of ether anesthesia to the first reports of patients with AIDS.

    The archives will be free until June 30th! Through this limited time offer, you'll gain access to thousands of issues, articles, and images. Archive content is regularly $15 per article.

    Follow this free access link.

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