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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Support for Implementation of Agency Public Access Policies

Description of Collaborative Activity:

NIH Public Access Policy was created by NIH and established in statute by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008, P. L. 110-161, enacted on 12/26/2007. It ensures that the public can access without charge peer-reviewed journal articles arising from NIH-funded research. Since 2008, the PubMed Central (PMC) database has served as the repository for journal articles subject to the NIH Public Access Policy. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) coordinated the development of public access policies across federal science agencies, and OSTP released a directive in February 2013 to increase public access to scientific publications and digital data. NIH is collaborating with five divisions and offices in HHS and four agencies outside HHS to use PMC and related services in support of their public access policies. Interagency agreements have been signed with AHRQ, ASPR, CDC, FDA and ACL within HHS, as well as with NASA, NIST, VA, EPA, and DHS. Researchers either employed and/or funded by all of these agencies have begun depositing manuscripts in PMC. IAAs with VA and AHRQ have also been extended to support inclusion of non-journal literature in NCBI's Bookshelf resource. NIH has also entered memorandums of understanding with NOAA and DOD to share manuscripts deposited in PMC with other federal repositories, streamlining compliance with public access requirements for authors.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Resource Development

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