Daily Archives: January 11, 2008

Public Policy Update: FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Package Signed into Law

On December 26, President Bush signed the end-of-the-year (https://www.rules.house.gov/110_fy08_omni.htm) omnibus package that makes the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy mandatory.

Section 218 of the bill provides that:

“The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, 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.”