The VA conducts research, some of which is later published in scholarly journals; some which remains unpublished. The ORD also has information on research in the publishing pipeline that the public doesn’t have access to because it’s on a private VA intranet.
It’s frustrating to encounter publisher pay-walls when wishing to read taxpayer-funded VA research. Although it’s clear that many, perhaps most, VA research is seriously biased in their study designs and conclusions, they still contain data that we can use to help us understand the HCV epidemic in the veteran population. And besides, some sympathetic VA researchers, the Hansel’s, leave “breadcrumbs” to unbiased conclusions and research that close reading of footnotes and remarks may reveal.
The VA’s access rules are here (LINK): VHA HANDBOOK 1200.19, July 10, 2014
PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH RESULTS
…The American public has a right to know how public funds are expended as well as the outcomes of funded research…
…To meet this requirement, investigators are responsible for depositing manuscripts in PubMed Central, operated by the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), upon the manuscripts’ acceptance for publication. Articles with a publication acceptance date of February 1, 2015, or later are to be included. Deposited manuscripts are made available to the public in PubMed Central no later than 12 months after their publication in a journal. For specific procedures for depositing manuscripts, please visit the following NIH page:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/…
When you know where the VA research you’re interested in was conducted, you can search by state or city or name here (LINK); going directly to the researcher might be a quicker way to access research still within the 12-month window. What I would really like to know however is how to read the titles of the unpublished research and perhaps nominate them for publication in an open access journal.
Questions? You are invited to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-443-5600 about public access to VA research. We paid for it; we should be able to read it.