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Petitioning Eddy Njoroge, Vincent Laflèche

ISO: Give engineers the Standards needed to build ventilators in fight against COVID-2019

Human innovation in the fight against the pandemic is saving lives Our creative human spirit is alive and fights to save lives during this crisis. New York hospitals have begun splitting ventilators and calling for help in printing personal protective equipment (PPE). Now, volunteer engineering teams are developing DIY ventilators. ISO and CEN paywalls stand in the way The technical details that ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of ventilators sit behind paywalls. Volunteer teams must pay tens of thousands of dollars for the needed Standards. In February, petitioned academic publishers to remove paywalls for all Coronavirus science. Today, that science is free to read for everyone in the world. We asked loudly, and we were heard. Let's ask again. We ask the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) to give engineers the Standards needed to build ventilators (ISO 11.040.10 and all other needed codes). We beg ISO and CEN to join ASTM, who released their Standards for Masks, Medical Gowns, Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, and Respirators in support of the fight to help medical personnel and save lives. The teams are working against the clock and every hour counts. Eddy Njoroge and Vincent Laflèche: do not count pennies behind your paywalls as we struggle to breathe. Help us.

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Petitioning Kumsal Bayazit, Blaise R. Simqu, Nancy McKinstry

Unlock Coronavirus research for world's scientists

Follow the fight on Twitter UPDATE: THANK YOU SPRINGER, TAYLOR & FRANCIS, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, AND WILEY FOR TAKING DECISIVE ACTION DURING HUMANITY'S UNPRECEDENTED GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY. Right now, thousands of scientific studies about the Coronavirus are locked behind subscription paywalls, blocking scientists from getting access to research needed to discover antiviral treatments and a vaccine to stop the virus. Although publishers have made some research available via Open Access, thousands of articles remain locked behind paywalls. Publishers must immediately unlock every scientific article containing the term “Coronavirus.” It is a moral imperative. Publishing companies like Elsevier make billions in profit from subscription fees paid by scientists. Scientists working in the developing world often cannot afford these costly subscriptions, which are needed to get past paywalls to access studies. The Liberian Minister of Health Dr. Bernice Dahn warned us that crucial Ebola research was inaccessible to scientists during the height of the 2014 Ebola epidemic. A subscription fee stood between Ebola scientists and life-saving research. A single research paper would cost a physician in Liberia $45 - half a week’s salary. A paper that might save countless lives. Humanity cannot afford to make the same mistake twice. We cannot let greed get in the way of science and cost human lives. Hundreds of people have died, tens of thousands are infected. Publishers must open their hearts and share everything known about Coronaviruses during this crisis with every researcher, rich or poor. This time, we cannot let paywalls stand between scientists and the scientific knowledge they need to fight the virus. Unlock Coronavirus Science We demand scientific publishers Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, SAGE Publications, Oxford University Press, and Wolters Kluwer support our scientists and physicians during this humanitarian crisis. Now is not the time for profit, now is the time for action. Thank you for supporting our brave scientists during this globally urgent humanitarian crisis.

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