NIH Open Access Policy Now Law

Omnibus spending bill H.R. 2764, which includes a passage requiring that research funded by the National Institutes of Health be made available on an open-access basis, has been signed into law. The legislation mandates that "peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication [are] to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law." The manuscripts will then be posted electronically on the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central.