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April 7, 2009 marks the one year anniversary of the NIH Public Access Policy, which obliges investigators of NIH-funded research to make their research articles freely available in the NIH PubMed Central archive (PMC). In 1999, UCSF Nobel Laureate and former NIH Director Harold Varmus conceived of what has now become PubMed Central. The idea, then and now, is to utilize the Internet to more broadly distribute the results of taxpayer-funded research.
The UCSF Library has developed many information resources to help with understanding and complying with the NIH Public Access Policy. We invite you to peruse our web page about this policy. Library staff members are also happy to answer questions via email or in person, and can organize training sessions for your department as well. We look forward to working with you.