NIH Open Access Policy Under Attack
January 4, 2012 2:22 PM Subscribe
The Open Access Policy
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of the National Institutes of Health mandates that NIH funded research is published to PubMed Central
. This provides free online full text access to the resulting research. This policy has been very popular
. As a result journal publishers have seen their business models threatened
. As other government agencies consider similar policies, publishing industry lobbyists have worked to put an end to the practice.
The legislation seeks to block agencies from:
- duplicating the capabilities of privately available research archives which may compete with university and commercial publishers.
- requiring that publicly funded research published in private sector journals be being distributed for free without authorization.
- mandating that non-government authors agree to free distribution of works as a condition of receiving grants.