US passes bill granting mandatory access to dataBMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39384.638241.DB (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:906
- Jeanne Lenzer
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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