Medical societies react against public access to findingsBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7500.1104-d (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1104
- Jeanne Lenzer
- New York
An initiative of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to make the results of publicly funded research freely accessible to the public has triggered a backlash.
The policy, announced two weeks ago by the director of the NIH, Elias Zerhouni, encourages researchers funded by the NIH to submit their manuscripts to the free access, full text archive of PubMed Central within 12 months of their manuscripts being accepted for publication (bmj.com, 30 Apr 2005, News Extra).
The American Society of Hematology and the American Association for Cancer Research sent statements to members emphasising, “The NIH policy is a request; it is NOT a requirement.” In an editorial in Blood James George, president of the American …