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Talking points and contact information for letters to NIH Director Collins

Published Mar 25, 2011

The following talking points are for use in conjunction with the call to action issued March 25, 2011. As always, please adapt and expand as needed to suit your unique voice.

  • [Describe your organization]
  • Offer congratulations as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) marks the third anniversary of the highly successful Public Access Policy. 
  • Note that NIH and Director Collins have shown tremendous leadership in implementing the first U.S. policy to ensure that all members of the public – including patients and their families, health care professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs and business owners – are guaranteed free online access to articles reporting on the results of research that their tax dollars support.
  •  As result of the NIH’s commitment to public access, every citizen can now take advantage of an invaluable new resource. The more than two million full-text articles in PubMed Central (PMC) -- which often-prohibitive pricing and permission barriers made it difficult for many people to obtain before the policy -- contain a wealth of information on the very latest biomedical research. Additionally, these articles are now connected to the rich array of other publicly available databases at NIH – greatly enhancing both their value and utility.
  • [Describe you and/or your organization’s interests and use of PMC and why this is important for you]
  • We ask that you consider shortening the embargo period for accessing articles reporting on NIH-funded research to six months or less.  
  • This change will build on this achievement and further enhance the value of the public’s annual $30 billion investment in scientific research at the NIH.
  • A six-month embargo:
    • Is more reflective of the fast pace of biomedical research.
    • Would align the NIH policy with that of the majority of other biomedical research funders around the world -- both public and private -- that have such policies. 
    • Is widely used by highly respected, well-established publishers of biomedical research articles.
  • [Add your own conclusion]
  • [Thanks and offer of follow up]  



Dr. Francis Collins
National Institutes of Health
1 Center Drive, MSC 0148 (Room 126)
Bethesda, MD 20892-0148 
Fax: 301-402-2700
Email: francis.collins@nih.gov


1 comment(s) on this page. Add your own comment below.

Susan Strauss
Apr 8, 2011 10:53am [ 1 ]

Thank you to NIH for the work that you do and for the information that you provide. I am a volunteer for SADS and a family member of an undiagnosed lost-life and the life-saving treatment for another. As I work in my community and other cities around the country, I rely on accurate information and new research to try to prevent unnecessary deaths from SADS. I hope that public access to such vital information remains available and globally centralized and that the length of embargo is shortened.

Best regards,

Susan Strauss

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