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Monday, July 28, 2008

Journal accommodates the NIH policy

Judith E. Deutsch, JNPT Complies with NIH Open Access Policy, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, June 2008.  Not even an abstract is free online, at least so far.

Comment.  Just for the record, the NIH policy regulates grantees, not journals or publishers.  The question isn't whether a journal complies with a policy which only binds other players, but whether it is willing to publish work by NIH-funded authors.  I suppose this is what JNPT means.  The question isn't even whether a journal lets authors comply with the NIH policy, since journals are not in a position to allow or disallow it.  If a journal offers to publish work by NIH-funded authors but insists that they depart somehow from the NIH policy, then those authors are contractually bound to decline the offer and look for another publisher.