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US Congress introduces bill to end free access to federally funded research

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 01 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2199
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

    A bill has been introduced in the US Congress that would end free access to the results of published studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    The HR 801 bill, entitled the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, would, if passed, overturn a public access bill that was passed in October 2007 (BMJ 2007;335:906, doi:10.1136/bmj.39384.638241.DB). This requires researchers to deposit the results of studies with the National Library of Medicine for publication in PubMed Central within a year of publication in a peer reviewed journal. The current …

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