Wednesday, January 9, 2008

NIH-funded investigators must make their publications open access

As of Dec. 27, 2007, investigators funded by NIH must submit a copy of their accepted research articles to PubMed Central, for open access publication.

Excerpt from publication policy (inside the ominbus spending bill):

"The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law."

In May 2005, a new open access policy at NIH asked NIH-funded investigators to submit their publications for open access publication, but the earlier policy was voluntary.

How did scientists respond? In Feb. 2006, the NIH released data showing that grantee compliance with NIH's open access policy was below 4%.

Now, cooperation is a legal requirement for U.S. funded investigators. Other countries have preceded the U.S. with similar policies. It seems only fair that taxpayers get to see what they've paid for.

BiomedCentral article

-Jules Berman tags: funding, investigators, nih, open access, public access, science
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