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.

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