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Monday, July 28, 2008

TA society journal supports the NIH policy

Paul D. Shepard, Schizophrenia Bulletin and the Revised NIH Public Access Policy, Schizophrenia Bulletin, July 21, 2008.  SB is an official journal of the Schizophrenia International Research Society, published by Oxford University Press.

This excerpt picks up after Shepard has summarized the NIH policy and explained that Oxford will automatically deposit SB articles by NIH-funded authors in PMC:

...As awareness of the revised (ie, mandatory) NIH Public Access Policy has grown, several contributors to Schizophrenia Bulletin have noticed that although articles are made freely available on the journal's Web site 12 months after publication, the same material has yet to appear in PubMed Central. The editorial office is working with representatives at Oxford University Press to ensure that this issue is resolved....Until such time as Oxford and PubMed Central reach an agreement regarding the format of publisher-supplied manuscripts, authors and PIs of sponsored research articles appearing in Schizophrenia Bulletin are strongly encouraged to deposit the final, peer-reviewed copy of their manuscripts in PubMed Central as soon as they appear in the Advance Access area of the journal's Web site....

Despite a sluggish start to a process that is now mandated by law, there is widespread support among research institutions and academic libraries for the revised NIH Public Access Policy. Patients, family members, and the grassroots organizations supporting them will enjoy unprecedented access to the primary scientific literature while researchers will benefit from the increased visibility of their work. Archiving the written results of NIH-funded biomedical research, estimated at upwards of 80 000 new manuscripts yearly, in a permanent, universally accessible and searchable archive is also likely to create significant new opportunities for the development of value-added services based on data mining technologies. While the advantages of increased public access to publicly funded science seem incontrovertible, NIH-funded scientists will, at least in the short term, bear the brunt of the effort needed to make the plan work. By permitting publishers to directly deposit material into PubMed Central while insisting that authors and investigators remain active participants in the process, the NIH has created a system in which journals can partner with authors in ushering in this new era of information sharing. We sincerely hope that our colleagues will regard this as an opportunity rather than an annoyance.