The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requests public input on its NIH Public Access Plan, which outlines the approach it will take to implement new guidance on improving public access to scholarly publications and data from NIH-supported research. The NIH Public Access Plan will help ensure that research products are findable and equitably accessible to support further scientific discovery. Increasing access to publications and data from NIH-supported research can benefit the public and scientific communities by accelerating research, generating higher-quality scientific results, and encouraging greater scientific integrity.
NIH plans to modify the implementation of the NIH Public Access Policy to accommodate the 2022 OSTP Memorandum related to scholarly publications. In a future update, it will update its Public Access Plan to meet the provisions of the 2022 OSTP Memorandum related to persistent identifiers and metadata.
All feedback will be accepted on the NIH Public Access Plan. However, input on Section III related to scholarly publications and on the following issues seems to be a priority:
- How to best ensure equity in publication opportunities for NIH-supported investigators.
- Steps for improving equity in access and accessibility of publications.
- Methods for monitoring evolving costs and impacts on affected communities.
- Early input on considerations to increase findability and transparency of research.
See the official NIH Request for Information for more details, including instructions on how to submit a comment. The comment period closes on April 24, 2023.