NIH Public Access Policy

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Science  10 Dec 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5703, pp. 1895
DOI: 10.1126/science.1106929

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The National Institute of Health's proposed public access policy will create a stable and permanent archive of peer-reviewed, NIH-funded research publications. This archive, described in the Policy Forum by Elias Zerhouni, will enhance NIH's ability to manage its research portfolio and to provide the public with access to published findings. It will also augment the ability of scientists to exchange information more effectively, while preserving the critical role of journals and publishers in peer review, editing, and scientific quality control.