Part three of a three part series
Library Journal reports that Rep.
Library Journal reports today that on September 11th, the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property of the House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a bill that could seriously impact the National Institutes of Health's public access mandate. Tenatively titled "Fair Copyright in Research Works Act" the bill responds to claims by publishers that NIH's policy encroaches on their ability to manage copyrighted content.
NIH's Public Access Policy, mandating that all articles arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication, has been a boon for researchers, medical practitioners and public, making publicly-funded research accessible to all. But it has been a source of confusion for authors, who may encounter conflicts between the NIH mandate and the stipulations of publishers' contracts.
Ben Grillot of the Association of Research Libraries has published a report titled "PubMed Central Deposit and Author Rights", providing guidelines on how authors can balance NIH req