Science Policy Insider News

Science Directorate
November 2004

Science Policy Insider News (November 2004)

Open Season on NIH's Draft "Open Access" Policy

SPIN readers have no doubt been following the story of NIH's release of a draft "open access" policy in September. That proposed policy would require scientific publishers to make available to NIH's PubMed Central database, without charge, any article that was based in whole or in part on NIH-funded research. Prompted by patient organizations who would like a free, one-stop shop to review all publications on NIH-funded research, and by NIH itself, to demonstrate accountability to Congress and the taxpayers, the new policy has prompted a deluge of criticism among publishers of scientific journals, including APA.

Psychologists Provide New Insight in New London

Psychological science was well represented at a homeland security leadership and workforce development conference held November 16-18 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Headquarters in New London, CT.

Explosive Growth of Suicide Terrorism Brings Psychological Scientists to the Table

By Geoff Mumford

Psychopathology is not a necessary precondition or correlate of suicidal behavior and examining that behavior in context is revealing. In every war there are stories of self-sacrifice involving "suicide" missions in which death was a near certainty.

Also in this Issue

CNSR at SASC; NIH Updates Grant Review Criteria - Changes Take Effect in Summer 2005; APA Staff Takes Advocacy Training on the Road; National Children's Study Announces Study Sites; Senator Brownback Holds Hearing on Pornography Addiction; APA Science Policy Fellowship Applications Due January 3, 2005; Upcoming APA Advocacy Training in New Orleans