May 19, 2022

Open Access: "3rd Anniversary of the NIH Public Access Policy: Call for Stories"

From SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access:

It’s hard to believe, but April 7, 2011 will mark the 3rd Anniversary of the implementation of the policy opening up access to articles reporting on the results of NIH-funded research. The policy has shown tremendous signs of success. PubMed Central now contains more than 2 million full text articles reporting on the latest NIH-funded research, and nearly a *half a million* individuals access these articles each day.

With this new wealth of information now available, we’d like to know what *your* experience has been with it. Specifically, we’d like to hear:

How have you been using the database?
Have you used the articles to help inform yourself about new developments in a specific area?
Has the availability of these articles through PubMed Central helped you advance your research in ways that would not have occurred if they were not available?
Have articles that you have authored appeared in PubMed Central as a result of the policy?
Have you been contacted by other researchers who have found your work in the database, or vice versa?
Have you taken any of the articles to your doctor or other health care provider?
Has your healthcare provider used this database as a resource? (if you don’t know, please ask her/him!)
Has the availability of the articles in PMC had an impact on how you (or anyone in your community) manage your health care?

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.