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House Bill Proposes a Federal Open-Access Policy

Congressman Mike Doyle (D ā€“ Penn.) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would require that the results from nearly all publicly-funded research be made available online within six months after they are published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) of 2010 (H.R. 5037) would apply to research from all federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets over $100 million.

Such a law would apply to research funded by all of the institutes and centers of the Department of Health and Human Services, such as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, and others.

NIH already has a similar policy to guide open publication for extramural research that it funds, although the rules it instituted in 2008 give researchers one year to make their research results available after they are published in journals.

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