Mason Law Student Named SPARC Innovator

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has announced the selection of Mason Law student Nelson Pavlosky as one of five SPARC Innovators for his leadership and activism on open access.

Designations for the five honorees are: The Technologist, The Professional, The Politician, The Diplomat, and The Evangelist. Pavlosky, who is co-founder of Students for Free Culture and an ally of the Student Global AIDS Campaign and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, was selected as The Evangelist.

SPARC Director Heather Joseph said that the five students selected, although diverse in terms of backgrounds and interests, all share a common concern for ensuring ease of access and use of electronic information. "As members of a generation raised with the Internet, sharing is second nature. When it comes to open access, they just get it," said Joseph.

SPARC is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working together to provide a more open system of scholarly communication to expand dissemination of research. Its SPARC Innovator program recognizes advances in scholarly communication by an individual, institution, or group, with its honorees named by the SPARC staff in consultation with the SPARC Steering Committee.

For more information about SPARC and the SPARC Innovators, please visit the organization's website at