National Institutes of Health Calls for Comments on Public Access Policy

If you’re a user of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)- funded research, you may be interested in submitting comments on NIH’s new Public Access Policy (NOT-OD-05-022). Comments are due May 31, 2008.

As of April 7, NIH requires the submission of published articles resulting from NIH-funded research to PubMed Central, the online digital library maintained by NIH. These articles will be made publicly available for free on PubMed Central within 12 months of the publication date. This is a victory for supporters of public access to information, and NIH needs to hear from those who applaud this important step.

NIH is particularly interested in information about the following:

  1. Do you have recommendations for alternative implementation approaches to those already reflected in the NIH Public Access Policy?
  2. In light of the change in law that makes NIH’s public access policy mandatory, do you have recommendations for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy?
  3. In addition to the information already posted at, what additional information, training or communications related to the NIH Public Access Policy would be helpful to you?

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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