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Not-for-profit publishers call NIH public access rule a missed opportunity

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# It will divert federal dollars away from biomedical research at a time of limited domestic discretionary spending;
# It will harm the scientific societies that peer review and publish a significant portion of the articles based on NIH funded research;
# It will limit the ability of scientific societies to partner with NIH to nurture the next generation of scientists and future NIH grantees; and
# It will create confusion and put authors at risk of inadvertently violating copyright agreements.

"This is a missed opportunity that represents a waste of government resources," said Martin Frank, PhD, Executive Director, American Physiological Society and coordinator of the DC Principles Coalition. "It is noteworthy that NIH has admitted that it has done no economic analysis of the rule's impact."

"Scientific societies have had a long, successful, and valued public-private partnership with NIH on publications and other activities to advance science and health," said M. Michele Hogan, PhD, Executive Director, American Association of Immunologists. "Our journals provide high quality peer-review, editing, and publication services for NIH-funded research."

"These societies and the journals they publish have acted as responsible stewards of the scientific and biomedical literature for more than 100 years," Hogan said. "What we propose would expand this partnership in a way that benefits the public, advances scientific research, and preserves this important relationship."

"We believe the NIH rule will not achieve the goal of better access to science and will place an unreasonable burden on researchers by requiring them to pursue a duplicative submission process," said Kathleen Case, publisher for the American Association for Cancer Research.


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Source:American Physiological Society


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