“ ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research.”
WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW The NIH Public Access Policy implements Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008), which 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.”
Last night [March 10, 2009] the Senate passed H.R.1105*, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2009. The bill contained a small change to the language concerning the NIH Policy, which effectively makes the policy permanent and negates the necessity of having the language explicitly included in the
LHHS Appropriations Bill [Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations] on an annual basis. The policy now reads:
"The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require in the current fiscal year and thereafter 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.”
Retain copyright. Investigators own copyright until they sign it away. They should retain, at least, the right to have a copy of the peer-reviewed manuscript deposited in PubMed Central (PMC). There are tools to assist in retaining the copyright allowing for deposit to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.
Investigators should submit the final peer-reviewed manuscript to PMC. Publishers can do this. Investigators can do it themselves. The University of Michigan Mlibrary can help with submission.
Cite the PubMed Central Identification (PMCID) in all communications with NIH.
Investigators should ensure they retain the right to deposit the peer-reviewed manuscript in PubMed Central when signing publication agreements.
NIH suggests that authors and institutions add an addendium to copyright agreements with publisher’s in order to comply with the public access policy.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN OPEN LETTER This letter can accompany the publisher copyright agreement. The letter can be down loaded from: http://www.med.umich.edu/medschool/research/regulations/nihpublicaccess.htm
Some publishers may submit the peer-reviewed manuscript.
The researcher will get a message from the publisher indicating that has been done.
MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER J Neurosci article jn-rm-####-08 (NIHMS #93387) This email is to alert you that the manuscript version of this article was submitted on your behalf to the NIH Manuscript Submission system because this article was funded (at least partially) by NIH. You will receive an email confirmation regarding this submission and in order to complete the submission process, you will be prompted to log in to the NIHMS to review and approve the submitted manuscript .
NIH IS CHECKING COMPLIANCE NIH Public Access Policy and Progress Reports Dr. XXXX just sent up a progress report and has several journals that [were] listed from the grant. Problem They want us to make sure that the articles are in the central system, BUT I am lost. This [is] the first time I have been asked to do this.* *Quote from an email message
Include: 1. Corresponding Principal Investigator’s name and grant number. 2. Name of the journal and, if known but not necessary, any embargo period the publisher requires. 3. The manuscript and any supplemental data or images associated with it.
In PMC participating journals before PMCID is assigned:
Sala-Tora, O., et al. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) expression and outcome in adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Blood. 2007 April 1;109(7):3080-3083. PMCID:PMC Journal-In Process
In non-PMC journals before PMCID is assigned:
Cerrato, A., et al. Genetic interactions between Disophila melanogtaster meinin and Jun/Fos. Dev Biol. 2006 Oct 1;298(1):59-70. NIHMSID:NIHMS44135
Above article after PMCID is assigned: Cerrato, A., et al. Genetic interactions between Drosophila melanogtaster meinin and Jun/Fos. Dev Biol. 2006 Oct 1;298(1):59-70. PMCID:PMC2291284
(in chronological order). Do not include publications submitted or in preparation. For publicly available citations, URLs or PMC submission identification numbers [PMCID] may accompany the full reference; copies of publicly available publications are not accepted as appendix material.