WHAT YOU AND YOUR RESEARCHERS NEED TO KNOW What the policy is Whom it affects How to comply *FOR INFORMATION: NIH Public Access Policy FAQ http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan
WHAT DOES IT SAY? 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.”
They should retain, at least, the right to have a copy of the peer-reviewed manuscript deposited in PubMed Central.
Authors and institutions add an addendum to copyright agreements with publishers in order to comply with the policy.
There are tools to assist in retaining the copyright allowing for deposit to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.
STEPS FOR COMPLIANCE *NIH suggests an addendum be added to the publisher’s copyright. Example: “ Journal [name] acknowledges that Author [name] retains the right to provide a copy of the peer-reviewed manuscript to the NIH upon acceptance for journal publications, for public archiving in PubMed Central as soon as possible but no later than 12 months after publication by Journal [name].”
In PMC participating journal before PMCID is assigned: Sala-Torra, 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 journal before PMCID is assigned: Cerrato, A., et al., Genetic interactions between Drosophila melanogaster menin 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 melanogaster menin and Jun/Fos. Dev Biol. 2006 Oct 1; 298(1): 59-70. PMCID: PMC2291284