- Any research funded, in whole or in part, through the federal government should be made available at no charge to the citizens of the United States.
- PubMed Central provides a stable archive for these works; publisher's archives may not be as stable.
- Instead of a request, this should be a requirement of NIH-funded projects.
- The lay public may not understand the research itself and may draw unwarranted conclusions.
- Impact on journal publishers, both large and small.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Access to NIH Research
As of May 2nd of this year, all investigators of NIH-funded research have been asked to provide an electronic version of their journal articles to PubMed Central for inclusion in this database within a year of publication. PubMed is available at no charge to the public. NIH provided its initial policy in September of 2004 via the Federal Register. As you can imagine, many comments were provided on this policy. Some include: