December 20, 2014

NIH Sees Surge in Open-Access Manuscripts

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From Nature News Blog:

Last November, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said that “as of spring 2013″ it would start cracking down on enforcing its public-access policy — and it seems the agency is now seeing positive results.

In May, authors approved more than 10,000 peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH-funded research to go into the agency’s online free repository, PubMed Central. That’s a huge jump from the average 5,100 per month in 2011–12, and suggests the agency is nearing its goal of getting everyone it funds to make their papers publicly available. (Numbers available in csv format; the NIH also publishes them, so far without the May update, here).

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The public-access mandate requires investigators to submit papers arising from NIH-funded research to PubMed Central when they are accepted for publication; those papers must then become freely accessible to the public within 12 months of publication.

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See Also: Growth Statistics for PubMed Central (Chart via OpenDOAR)

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