The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy
Public Access is one of several phrases used to describe access to scholarly communication. In the health sciences arena, the NIH Public Access Policy is a key directive that uses this terminology.
The NIH describes the difference between the NIH Public Access Policy and Open Access in the following way:
Public Access is not a technical term with a precise definition; it is defined in different ways by funding agencies or institutions. Also see MLA's open access web pages.
National Institutes of Health
Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
Library Implementation Models
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Last Updated: 2014 February 13