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Open Access and the NIH

Posted by Ed on March 1, 2005

I got a memo from the boss the other day about the NIH’s new policy on Open Access. The policy statement reads:

Beginning May 2, 2005, NIH-funded investigators are requested to submit to the NIH National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) PubMed Central (PMC) an electronic version of the author’s final manuscript upon acceptance for publication, resulting from research supported, in whole or in part, with direct costs from NIH.

While this is a step in the right direction, it seems to fall some way short of true Open Access. Firstly, it is only a request, not a requirement. That being said though, with the intense competition that exists for NIH funding, it may well be felt as more of a requirement by many researchers. Secondly, authors will have up to one year to make their manuscripts available in PMC, and may be under pressure from journals to use this. Hopefully it will encourage other funding bodies to follow suit though.

BioMed Central has welcomed the announcement.

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