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NIH Public Access Mandate: What You Need to Know

Beginning on April 7, 2008, all investigators funded by the NIH are required to submit or have submitted for them to NIH’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. The policy applies to all research that has been funded by NIH beginning in FY 2008.

The law states:
The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law. – Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008)

AISR has posted an information page on JEFFLINE to support you.  Here are some highlights -

Please pay close attention to your responsibilities as an author. To be compliant with the NIH policy, you are required to do the following:

Beginning April 7, 2008

  • Address copyright . You are responsible for addressing copyright. You must ensure that your publishing agreement allows for full compliance with NIH’s policy. NIH will not do this for you. See http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm.
  • Submit your final, peer-reviewed manuscript to PubMed Central . Scott Memorial Library is ready to assist authors in meeting the requirements of this mandate. We have already established an account with the NIH Manuscript Submission system that will allow us to submit your final peer-reviewed manuscript into PubMed Central on behalf of any Jefferson author. For more information, please contact Ann Koopman, JEFFLINE Editor.

OR

  • Publish in a PubMed Central Journal. Some journals submit on behalf of authors. See http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm for a list of journals that deposit their journal contents in PubMed Central. Other journals deposit on behalf of authors if the work has been funded by NIH. Check the journal’s website to verify its policies.

As of May 25, 2008

  • Cite the PubMed Central ID number in applications, proposals, and progress reports when citing an article that falls under the policy and that you or a co-investigator has authored.

Additional Resources
For further information on the NIH Public Access Mandate:

Further information on Authors’ Rights and Copyright Addenda:

If you have any other questions please contact Ann Koopman at Ann.Koopman@jefferson.edu or 215-503-0441.

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