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US institute announces initiative to put all its research on the web

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:328
  1. Marwick Charles
  1. Washington, DC

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is taking a major step to provide free, public access to peer reviewed scientific publications.

The new policy, announced by the NIH director, Dr Elias Zerhouni, asks investigators publishing NIH funded research to submit their manuscripts to the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) PubMed Central for electronic transmission as soon as possible after acceptance and in any event within 12 months of publication. Compliance is voluntary and there are no penalties if investigators fail to comply. “We believe they will [comply],” Dr Zerhouni said.

A system is being set up by the NLM to receive manuscripts …

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