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The NIH Open Access Policy Turns One

The NIH open access policy has reached its first birthday and Gavin Baker, assistant editor of Open Access News, has a guest blog at Science Progress to discuss it. Since the policy went into effect, Baker says that PubMed submissions were never lower than 2,500 a month, as compared to 1,500 in December 2007. He also says that Elsevier, which opposes the policy, had an 11 percent increase in profits during 2008. Baker weighs in as well on the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act proposed by Rep. John Conyer (D-MI), pointing out that open access advocates such as Harold Varmus are well-placed in the Obama administration.