The NIH mandate: An open access landmark

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College & Research Libraries News, February 2008

December 26, 2007, was a historic date for the international movement supporting public access to taxpayer­funded research. With the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2007 (H.R. 2764) being signed into law, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) became the first U.S. federal agency required to make the results of its funded research freely ac­cessible online to the public.