The Right to Research Coalition was founded by students in the summer of 2009 to promote an open scholarly publishing system based on the belief that no student should be denied access to the articles they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access. Since its launch, the Coalition has grown to represent nearly 7 million students internationally and counts among its members the largest student organizations in both the United States and Canada. While the Coalition currently has a strong base in North America, it is by no means solely a North American organization and is expanding to incorporate student organizations from around the world.
Our work is centered around two major program areas:
To advocate for policies at the campus and national level that promote Open Access by requiring that research results be made freely available in a timely manner;
To educate the next generation of scholars and researchers about Open Access so open publishing becomes the new norm.
Our Coalition is comprised of a diverse mix of local, national, and international student organizations. While our organizations range in size from less than a hundred students to more than a million, have widely varying missions, and operate in very different areas geographically, the one thing they all have in common is a commitment to students' ability to access the academic resources upon which their educations depend.
The Student Statement outlines the principals around which our Coalition is based, namely that the cost of access should not prevent students, researchers, or anyone else from getting access to the academic research they need. It is our mission statement to which organizations commit when they join. Read it here.
You can reach Nick Shockey, Director of the Right to Research Coalition, at the following:
Email: nick [at] arl [dot] org
Telephone: +01 202 296 2296
Fax: +01 202 872 0884