NIH Public Access mandate made permanent

The appropriations bill that President Obama signed earlier this week made the US National Institutes of Health Public Access mandate permanent (as reported on Library Journal‘s web site). The mandate requires research articles resulting from NIH-funded research to be made publicly available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.

APLIC members have been active in assisting researchers in their organizations in understanding and complying with the mandate. Lori Delaney has led an effort to compile information about the public access policies of select journals that publish population research. The journal policy database, updated this week, is available on the Carolina Population Center’s web site.

The CPC web site also includes a resource section dedicated to the public access policy. I created a similar guide for researchers at Penn State’s Population Research Institute, as have the University of Pennsylvania’s Population Research Center, the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Demography and Ecology, and the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.

APLIC members: what are you doing to help people in your organization comply with the policy? Have you benefitted from the policy? Leave a comment on this post.

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  1. Lori Delaney wrote:

    March 19, 2009 @ 11:17 am

    In the last couple weeks, Carolina Population Center Library staff have worked in many ways to help our researchers comply with the policy:

    – Advised three faculty fellows about the policy
    – Uploaded two manuscripts to NIHMS
    – Worked with our proposal unit staff to make sure the PMCIDs and the NIHMSIDs are included in an NIH progress report
    – Updated the PMCIDs in our publications database
    – Established a set of alerts so I can receive an e-mail when new records by CPC researchers are added to PubMed Central, reducing the need to check PMC periodically and ensuring the publications database is always up-to-date
    – Announced two new resources that I recently learned about to the CPC website about the NIH Public Access Policy: helping author’s comply and the PMID : PMCID converter. Find the links here:

    Lori Delaney
    Carolina Population Center
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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