Monday, September 15, 2008

House Bill Would Amend NIH's Public Access Policy

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Friday that the House of Representatives is considering a bill, the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, that would amend a National Institutes of Health policy requiring all NIH-funded researchers to submit electronic copies of their manuscripts to PubMed Central, a free government database of biomedical and life-sciences journal articles, and to make the material available to the public within 12 months of publication.

You can read a summary of the policy on the National Cancer Institute's website. The House's Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on September 11, 2008, to debate the bill. The committee's website features a video webcast of this hearing.

If you would like to learn more about copyright issues or read already-passed laws concerning copyright, we recommend that you check out our online subject guide on this topic.

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