Access to NIH-funded research just got easier

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This post courtesy of Anne Taylor-Vaisey: Here is a really interesting article from the April 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine:

Steinbrook R. Public access to NIH-funded research. N Engl J Med 2005; 352(17):1739-1741.

Excerpt: A new era for online public access to the biomedical literature is about to begin. As of May 2, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has asked the investigators it funds to submit voluntarily to PubMed Central an electronic copy of any scientific report, on acceptance for publication, and to specify when the article should become public (see Appendix). According to the NIH, "Posting for public accessibility through [PubMed Central] is requested and strongly encouraged as soon as possible (and within twelve months of the publisher's official date of final publication)." Currently, about a third of the reports of recent NIH-funded research are publicly available in electronic form after a 12-m! onth delay - but from a variety of repositories and in various formats, according to Dr. David Lipman, the director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine, where PubMed Central was developed and is operated. Thus, the centralized archive may become a leading electronic database of biomedical literature. Articles are available without charge to the user, and registration is not required. The NIH funds 212,000 researchers worldwide, and 5000 scientists are direct employees of the institutes. Each year, these researchers publish 60,000 to 65,000 articles, accounting for about 10 percent of the articles in the nearly 5000 journals indexed by PubMed.
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This post courtesy of Anne Taylor-Vaisey: Here is a really interesting article from the April 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine:

Steinbrook R. Public access to NIH-funded research. N Engl J Med 2005; 352(17):1739-1741.

Excerpt: A new era for online public access to the biomedical literature is about to begin. As of May 2, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has asked the investigators it funds to submit voluntarily to PubMed CentralFull text

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