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Friday, February 04, 2005

More on the NIH policy

Mary Mosquera, NIH to make research publicly accessible, Government Computer News, February 4, 2005. Excerpt: 'NIH wants to accelerate the public's access to published articles resulting from its funded research...."While this new policy is voluntary, we are strongly encouraging all NIH-supported researchers to release their published manuscripts as soon as possible for the benefit of the public," said NIH director Elias Zerhouni yesterday in announcing the final policy. NIH tried to balance the importance of public access with the needs of scientific authors and their publishers, he said....Scientists applying for new and competing renewal support from NIH will be able to provide links in their applications to their PubMed [Central] archived information, which will help streamline the application and review process.' (PS: This is a brief, undetailed, and uncontroversial summary of the news. It's blogworthy primarily because many federal government employees outside the NIH will read about the policy in this source.)