The Impact of Government-Mandated Public Access to Biomedical Research: An Analysis of the New NIH Depository Requirements

34 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2008 Last revised: 25 May 2014

Kristopher A. Nelson

University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Students

Date Written: June 1, 2008

Abstract

On December 26, 2007, President Bush signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008. The bill, which became Public Law 110-161, contained a new requirement that manuscripts developed through funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) be made available to the public, free of charge, within one year after publication. This new mandatory requirement struck a compromise position between the existing pay-to-access model of private journal publishers and the potential free-for-all of the public domain. But did it go far enough? Should Congress have adopted a more aggressive policy of opening access to research? Alternatively, did Congress go too far, and as a result have we crippled scientific publishing?

Keywords: biomedical, NIH, research, open access, public access, scientific publishing

Suggested Citation

Nelson, Kristopher A., The Impact of Government-Mandated Public Access to Biomedical Research: An Analysis of the New NIH Depository Requirements (June 1, 2008). Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 19, No. 2, April/May 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1147427

Kristopher A. Nelson (Contact Author)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Students ( email )

San Diego, CA
United States

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