Scientific, technical and medical publishers have called for an increase in communications to science and medical authors in light of a new survey that finds low understanding of the NIH's Public Access Policy for posting peer-reviewed articles to PubMedCentral (PMC), NIH's online database. The survey, conducted online in January 2006 by the Publishing Research Consortium (PRC), shows that although most authors are aware of the NIH policy, many do not post on PMC because they neither understand the process nor identify clear benefits for posting their work. Of the NIH-funded authors who responded to the survey, 15% have never heard of the policy and a further 23% have heard of it but know nothing about it. The survey found awareness of NIH-funded authors is only marginally higher than of all life sciences and medicine authors. Read more.
Posted by P. Kaufman at March 3, 2006 9:24 AM