Friday, March 20, 2009

First U.S. Public Access Policy Made Permanent

On March 11th 2009 President Obama signed into law the 2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes a provision making the National Institutes’ of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy permanent. This Act requires eligible NIH-funded researchers to deposit electronic copies of their peer-reviewed manuscripts into the National Library of Medicine’s online archive, PubMed Central. Full text articles will be made publicly available and searchable online in PubMed Central no more than 12 months after publication in a journal.

"Public access to publicly funded research contributes directly to the mission of higher education,” said David Shulenburger, Vice President for Academic Affairs at NASULGC (the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges). “Improved access will enable universities to maximize their own investment in research, and widen the potential for discovery as the results are more readily available for others to build upon.”

For more information, visit the Alliance for Taxpayer Access Web site at

No comments: