February 14, 2005

The Public Library of Science Urges Researchers to Comply With the National Institutes of Health's New Public Access Policy

February 3, 2005: San Francisco, CA - The Public Library of Science [PLoS] applauds the US National Institutes of Health [NIH] for today's announcement that it expects all of its grantees to make articles arising from their NIH-funded research freely available online in the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central.

While NIH's Public Access Policy could, and PLoS believes should, have been stronger in several respects, it sets an important precedent for all sponsors of scientific research. "The US government has now endorsed the principle that the results of federally funded research should be freely available to the public," said Michael B. Eisen, Ph.D., co-founder of PLoS. "Scientists and the scientific community now have an historic opportunity to make this principle a reality."

Read the full statement at http://www.plos.org/news/announce_nihpapolicy.html

Posted by Kevin Messner at February 14, 2005 1:52 AM