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Should the public be able to read articles giving the results of taxpayer-funded research? Many journalists who rely on this research for articles on environmental health think so — and were glad when the National Institutes of Health set a policy a year ago requiring the research articles to be posted online.There is evidence that the NIH system does indeed benefit the public — at least a lot more of the research is going into the NIH's online PubMed database, reaching 4,500 articles in January 2009 alone.
But the policy could be reversed by a bill (HR 801) introduced by Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
The Society of Environmental Journalists has opposed HR 801.
- "NIH Open Access Policy Turns 1 Year Old," Science Progress, April 7, 2009, by Gavin Baker.
- Previous Story: WatchDog of March 11, 2009.