Congressional Mandate for NIH Public Access

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 19, 2006

Press release: House Appropriations Committee Directs NIH to Ensure Tax-Funded Medical Research is Freely Available in Agency’s Online Archive
Related references and sources:

  • Proposal to Expand Free Electronic Access to All Research Funded By NIH
  • Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req’d), House Committee Would Require Open Access to NIH-Backed Research
  • : “A little-noticed provision in a bill passed last week by the House Appropriations Committee would require federally sponsored researchers to make their findings more widely available to the public. The provision appears in an appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for the 2007 fiscal year, which begins on October 1. It would require all researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health to submit electronic versions of papers reporting their findings to PubMed Central, the National Library of Medicine’s online system, and they would have to do so within one year of publication in a scholarly journal.”

  • FCW.com: House appropriation mandates NIH public access policy
  • “The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit organization committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature freely available online, without restrictions on use or further distribution, free from private or government control.”
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