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Saturday, February 05, 2005

More on the NIH policy

Peter Goodyear, Research papers available free on internet, EarthTimes, February 4, 2005. Excerpt: 'National Institutes of Health glean public money collected by way of taxes and routes it to around with 2,800 research facilities in the United States. Around 212,000 researchers working in these organizations publish more than 60,000 papers a year. But this huge wealth of information remains out of hands of the common public whose money was used to conduct the research in the first place....The agency has devised a voluntary plan under which peer-reviewed scientific studies funded by the health agency will be made available to the public. The papers will be put on the Internet from May on the searchable archive PubMed Central, at where anyone can access them free of cost. "With the rapid growth in the public's use of the internet, NIH must take a leadership role in making available to the public the research that we support," said Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the agency.'