The State of the Industry
Is there anything medical publishers can or should do about this?
Two programs are in place already, which more than satisfy all of the objectives of the NIH proposal. One is the Digital Object Identifier (DOI)—which would allow NIH to track all of their funded research. And the majority of medical publishers voluntarily participate in this program. Second is CrossRef, which links the DOI to the status of the information on a publisher's Web site.