Thank you President Bush

From Peter Suber:

OA mandate at NIH now law

This morning President Bush signed the omnibus spending bill requiring the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to mandate OA for NIH-funded research.  
Here’s the language that just became law:

The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.

PMR: We Can now celebrate.
The hard work continues. But now all fulltext derived from NIH work will be available on PubMed. Other funders will follow suit (if they are not ahead). So our journal-eating-robot OSCAR will have huge amounts of text to mine.
The good news is that we believe that this text-mining will, in itself, uncover new science. How much we don’t know, but we hope it’s significant. And if so, that will be a further argument for freeing the fulltext of every science publication.

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7 Responses to Thank you President Bush

  1. Rich Apodaca says:

    >Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.
    This last bit seems to be the most important part.
    Publishers who own copyright now or obtain it in the future will continue to exercise it. If they don’t want an article to appear on PubMed, then it won’t appear on PubMed — period. And nothing can force them to do otherwise.
    What does this bill do to change the status quo?

  2. steelgraham says:

    See this resource.

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