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October 29, 2007 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Legislative Update on NIH Public Access Policy

The U.S. Senate has approved the FY2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill (S. 1710), which includes a provision that directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to strengthen its Public Access Policy by requiring rather than requesting participation by researchers. The U.S. House of Representatives had passed a similar bill in July (http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/wndReader.asp?ArticleId=37022). Negotiators from the House and Senate are expected to meet to reconcile their respective bills this fall. The final, consolidated bill will have to pass the House and the Senate before being delivered to the president for signing at the end of the year.

Under a mandatory policy, NIH-funded researchers will be required to deposit copies of eligible manuscripts into the National Library of Medicine's online database, PubMed Central. Articles will be made publicly available no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

The current NIH Public Access Policy, first implemented in 2005, is a voluntary measure and has reportedly resulted in a deposit rate of less than 5 percent by individual investigators. The advance to a mandatory policy is the result of more than 2 years of monitoring and evaluation by the NIH, Congress, and the community.

Source: Alliance for Taxpayer Access (www.taxpayeraccess.org)



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