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Federally funded research to be available on NIH website -free

on February 7th, 2005 | Filed under Optoblog

The NIH has made plans to require all NIH-funded research to be published on their website according to Reuters. This is great news! The controversy comes from the journals who require large subscription prices in order to peer review the articles before publishing. The original plan gave a grace period of 6 months after publication before beginning free access, but the NIH finally compromised at one year.
I think this is a victory for tax payers and researchers. The journals I subscribe to are mandatory for my membership in an association (AAOpt and AOptA), so they won’t be hurt. Optometry students writing a thesis should be wary of only searching the NIH site, though, because not nearly all research is funded through NIH.
The database of papers will be available at www.pubmedcentral.gov.
Please tell me there will be an RSS feed of abstracts for topics I’m interested in!

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