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The rise of digital media has increased public access to a wide variety of information. Federal agencies, particularly the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have sought to provide free public access to the results of federally funded research, while protecting the ability of publishers to conduct peer review, editing, and other essential aspects of scholarly publishing.

NIH’s PubMed Central provides free public access to accepted manuscripts reporting the results of research funded wholly or in part by NIH no more than12 months after those results are published in a peer-reviewed journal. AAU believes that this 12-month embargo period between publication of the article and the appearance of the accepted manuscript in PubMed Central greatly expands access to the results of research funded by American taxpayers without jeopardizing the important work of scientific journal publishers.

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