Columbia’s GSAC Supports Open Access

Columbia University's Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) and 27 other student organizations have called for open access to scholarly articles as members of the Right to Research Coalition. The Coalition states that "All students, regardless of their institution’s ability to afford subscriptions, should have access to the full scholarly record, whether for assigned reading, research for a term paper, or literature review for a dissertation."

The Coalition, which is featured in a December 15, 2010 Chronicle of Higher Education "Wired Campus" post, has a new website that offers information and tools to help students advocate for open access policies and educate their peers on the issue. Of particular interest on the Coalition's site is a page explaining why open access is important to students and related groups, and lists of actions steps for  individuals and campus organizations.