Update on first fruits of NIH policyIn the last issue, I described how PubMed Central was enhancing the author manuscripts before making them available online.
SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #89
September 2, 2005
by Peter Suber
But I left out a few of the ways.
I said that PMC links to the publisher's own online copy, but I didn't say that the PMC edition indicates whether the publisher version is free or priced. Here's an example of an article in PMC that's also free at the publisher's site (look just above the abstract):
PMC tries to link to the publisher's online edition, but can only do so for publishers who participate in the LinkOut program. Here's an example of an article without a link to the publisher's edition:
If the author has published a correction, then PMC adds an erratum notice to the original. Here's an example (again, look just above the abstract):
PMC adds a link from the PubMed abstract to the PMC full-text. Here's an example:
Two of the articles I listed last month have been withdrawn from PMC at the authors' request.
NIH is now posting online statistics on submissions under the public-access policy. For each day in May, June, and July, you can now see (1) the total number of manuscripts submitted under the policy, (2) the number of grantees submitting manuscripts, and (3) the number of unpublished manuscripts submitted.
BTW, as of September 2, there were 49 author manuscripts free online at PMC.
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