With the advancement of information and communication technologies, research has entered a new epoch. The proliferation of free, online, open access repositories of articles, data and code now enables scholars to use and share information more efficiently than ever before. As a result, we are witnessing the transformation of traditional research conducted by localized groups that depend on their own resources and merits, to a more dynamic and globally interconnected effort where ideas, tools and results are instantly accessible to the entire academic community. This transformation is bringing significant positive change to both research and society. Research output is becoming more visible, more reproducible and is having greater impact. Free access to knowledge is also helping policy-makers, institutions, grant-awarding bodies and the general public become more aware of the available information.
This initiative is open to all scholars who share our vision and wish to promote our common goal by helping to:widen the debate around free public access and independent peer review,exert collective pressure on existing and forthcoming institutional online repositories to implement the complimentary strategies,call for recognition and consideration of published independent reviews in grant, promotion and tenure evaluation,support mandates that require researchers to self-archive with free public access.