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January 18, 2008

More on the NIH Mandate from the journal, Science

The January 18th Science adds or clarifies several points about the recent NIH mandate (see previous posting), including:

Not surprisingly, publishers will be (and have been) monitoring what their authors put in PubMed Central:

...some publishers say they will need to police the site for articles mistakenly posted, such as those not yet released from the journal's embargo or those published before 2005. Martin Frank, executive director of the American Physiological Society, says APS asked NIH to remove 78 papers last year, and he expects "hundreds" of similar errors when the mandatory policy kicks in. Lipman acknowledges that NIH had to remove some papers. But complying with copyright, he says, is not NIH's responsibility; it's "between the author and the publisher."

For a growing list of other funder-mandates, take a look at ROARMAP (Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies).

Posted by Katie Newman at January 18, 2008 10:08 AM