Now APA will NOT charge for open access

As an update to an earlier post, the Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog reports: “About-Face: Psychological Association Will Not Charge for Open Access.”  More on the story over at Peter Suber’s Open Access News.

“Controversial open access plan stalled”

From, “Forced charges for open access?”

. . . the APA [American Psychological Association] announced this week that it will charge authors’ institutions a $2500 fee for accepted manuscripts to be deposited in PubMed Central 12 months after publication.

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This is basically as bad as it gets when it comes to publishers’ open access policy, Peter Suber, open access advocate, wrote on his blog yesterday. He told The Chronicle of Higher Education that the fee is a waste of money and submission to PubMed Central can easily be done by a machine.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Law in a Nutshell

This came via the Stanford Medical Library’s newsletter, Lane Connexion (Vol. 4, Issue 2, Spring 2008).

NIH Public Access Policy and You

NIH-funded research results in the publication of approximately 80,000 articles annually.  On April 7, 2008 the NIH enacted a new Public Access Policy to ensure that the public has access to these results.  It requires scientists to submit journal articles arising from NIH funds to PubMed Central, a free online archive of full-text biomedical journal articles ( The new NIH reporting requirement provides an important opportunity to make published research funded by NIH and written by you and your colleagues accessible to all — the public, health care providers, educators and scientists around the world.

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The author must ensure that the publisher’s copyright agreement permits inclusion in the PubMed Central fulltext database before they sign it.  Stanford will provide a letter to include with your submission when a publisher does not explicitly acknowledge the PubMed Central reporting requirement in their agreement.

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For more, see the Lane Medical Library page, “National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Law in a Nutshell.”