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NIH Supports Public Access to Research

Since the 2004, the NIH has pursued the implementation of a policy that requires researchers to deposit published manuscripts stemming from NIH-funded research into the publicly accessible repository, PubMed Central. The move has been backed by the NLM Board of Regents, the Public Access Working Group, a stakeholder panel of scientists, publishers, and librarians appointed by the NIH Director, and enthusiastically supported by recent director Elias Zerhouni, most recently in a testimony before Congress on September 11, 2008.

The NIH Public Access Policy was switched to mandatory for researchers and made law with the U.S. Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008. In spring 2009, the requirement was given a permanent place in U.S. law. Explore our issues page for more information.

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