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.
- 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.
The NIH has provided a good summary of these and other issues at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-022.html.
In addition, Walt Crawford has pulled together reactions of this revised policy in his June 2005 Cites & Insights, page 17. Excellent overview for those of us that don’t keep up in this area, with citations for additional reading.