Re: Simple Way to Optimize the NIH Public Access Policy

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 20:40:47 +0100

  Prior Amsci Topic Thread:
  Simple Way to Optimize the NIH Public Access Policy (started Oct 1994)

    OA mandate at the NIH expected in new appropriations bill

See Peter Suber's OA News, above. Congress looks like it will again vote
for an OA self-archiving mandate for NIH funded research. (It did so
once before, but that was subsequently watered down from a requirement
to a request by NIH, and then the request failed, resoundingly, in the
ensuing two years. There is some hope that it will be implemented as a
requirement this time.)

But there are still two seemingly small but crucial changes that need
to be made in the policy:

(1) The first and most important is to make it an ID/OA mandate: The present
version requires Open Access Deposit within 12 months of publication. That needs
to be changed to require Deposit immediately upon acceptance for publication,
allowing delay (up to 12 months at most) only for the date at which
access to the deposit must be made Open Access. (Meanwhile email eprint
requests can fulfill immediate research usage needs during the embargo.)

(2) The deposit should be preferentially in the author's own Institutional
Repository (IR), not directly in PubMed Central. PubMed Central can
then harvest the deposit from the author's IR. Institutional self-archiving
is the policy that will systematically cover all research output, funded
and output, in all fields, from all institutions. Direct deposit in
central repositories will not.

Stevan Harnad

If you have adopted or plan to adopt a policy of providing Open Access
to your own research article output, please describe your policy at:

    BOAI-1 ("Green"): Publish your article in a suitable toll-access journal
    BOAI-2 ("Gold"): Publish your article in an open-access journal if/when
    a suitable one exists.
    in BOTH cases self-archive a supplementary version of your article
    in your own institutional repository.
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