NIH to Begin Enforcing Open-Access Policy on Research It Supports

November 19, 2012

First came voluntary. Then came mandatory. And now, four years after the National Institutes of Health required that all research papers be made freely available within a year of publication, comes enforcement. The NIH, in a statement issued on Friday, said that beginning in about five months, it would block the renewal of grant awards in cases where journal publications arising from the award do not comply with its open-access rule. "We are committed to doing all we can to help our grantees ensure they comply with the policy," Sally J. Rockey, the NIH's deputy director in charge of extramural research, said in announcing the enforcement plan on the NIH's Web site.