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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 7-11 February 2005


Public Comment for Enhancement of the Initial Integrated Ocean
Observing System (IOOS)

AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of opportunity for written public comment.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the opportunity for the public to
comment on the implementation and development of the U.S. Integrated
Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

DATES: Ocean.US will host an Implementation Conference on Tuesday, May
3, 2005 and Wednesday, May 4, 2005. The purpose of this conference is
to enable coordinated implementation of the First Annual IOOS
Development Plan (available at http://www.ocean.us). The public is
invited to submit written comments on the plan and priorities for
implementation by close of business on Friday, April 22, 2005. Please
submit comments via e-mail to k.stump@ocean.us or in written to Ms.
Kristine Stump, Ocean.US, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1350, Arlington,
VA 22201.

ADDRESSES: The meeting location has yet to be determined.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information regarding this
Notice, please contact Ms. Kristine Stump: Ocean.US telephone (703)
588-0855 or E-mail k.stump@ocean.us.



Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications
Resulting From NIH-Funded Research

ACTION: Notice; final policy statement.

SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces its policy on enhancing public access to archived publications resulting From NIH-funded research. Beginning May 2, 2005, NIH-funded investigators are requested to submit to the NIH National Library of Medicine's (NLM) PubMed Central (PMC) an electronic version of the author's final manuscript upon acceptance for publication, resulting from research supported, in whole or in part, with direct costs\1\ from NIH. The author's final manuscript is defined as the final version accepted for journal publication, and includes all modifications from the publishing peer review process.

\1\ Costs that can be specifically identified with a particular project or activity. NIH Grants Policy Statement, Rev. 12/2003; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps_2003/NIHGPS_Part2.htm#_Toc54600040.

This policy applies to all research grant and career development award mechanisms, cooperative agreements, contracts, Institutional and Individual Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards, as well as NIH intramural research studies. The policy is intended to: (1) Create a stable archive of peer-reviewed research publications resulting from NIH-funded research to ensure the permanent preservation of these vital published research findings; (2) secure a searchable compendium of these peer-reviewed research publications that NIH and its awardees can use to manage more efficiently and to understand better their research portfolios, monitor scientific productivity, and ultimately, help set research priorities; and (3) make published results of NIH-funded research more readily accessible to the public, health care providers,
educators, and scientists.

This final NIH Public Access Policy (the "Policy'') reflects modifications and clarifications to the proposed policy released September 3, 2004, in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts and September 17, 2004, in the Federal Register and the more than 6,000 public comments received through November 16, 2004. The most significant change in the Policy from that originally proposed is to provide more flexibility for authors to specify the timing of the posting of their final manuscripts for public accessibility through PMC. The proposed policy indicated a six-month delay of posting through PMC. The Policy now requests and strongly encourages that authors specify posting of their final manuscripts for public accessibility as soon as possible (and within 12 months of the publisher's official date of final publication). The Policy also clarifies that the publication date is the publisher's official date of final publication.

DATES: Effective Date: May 2, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Extramural Research,
National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 350,
Bethesda, MD 20892-7963 or by e-mail to PublicAccess@nih.gov.


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