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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Comments on NIH policy now online

The U.S. National Institutes of Health is holding a public meeting on the implementation of its recently-adopted OA mandate, on March 20 at the NIH offices outside Washington, D.C. The agency had solicited online comments in advance of the meeting for those unable to attend; that comment period closed yesterday. The comments received are now available online.

It doesn't appear to be possible to link to individual comments, but the page includes comments by SPARC, the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, ARL, Medical Library Association, Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, ACRL, Genetic Alliance, Wiley, AAP, STM, PLoS, and a number of other libraries, universities, societies, publishers, advocacy organizations, businesses, and individuals: 433 in total.

See also this earlier OAN post about the meeting and comment period.

Update. The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has posted its comment on its own Web site.

Update. Also see the short article on publisher responses in Library Journal Academic Newswire. The AAP/PSP still wants a formal hearing, still complains about "copyright concerns", and still hints at the possibility of a lawsuit.

Update. NIH has also posted 18 comments received via email.

Update.  The Professional/Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) has released a March 17 letter to NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, elaborating its objections to the NIH policy, and a March 20 call for more publisher consultation on the policy.

Update.  The NIH has released a 2 hour, 41 minute video of the meeting, and three slide presentations: