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US passes bill granting mandatory access to data

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39384.638241.DB (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:906
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. Boston

    Free public access is to be made available to the results of research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the US Senate has decided.

    Widespread non-compliance with an existing voluntary public access initiative has led to support for the mandatory programme. According to a government report issued in January 2006, less than 4% of articles were made publicly available in the eight month period initiation of the voluntary programme in May 2005 (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/Final_Report_20060201.pdf).

    The Senate passed a bill on 23 October that requires researchers who are funded by …

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