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RDAP14: OSTP Panel NIH’s Update Public Access


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Research Data Access & Preservation Summit
March 26-28, 2014
San Diego, CA

Panel: Funding agency responses to federal requirements for public access to research results

Dr. Neil M. Thakur, National Institutes of Health, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Extramural Research

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RDAP14: OSTP Panel NIH’s Update Public Access

  1. 1. 1 Public Access: NIH’s Update Research Data Access and Preservation Summit Neil Thakur, PhD Office of Extramural Research March 27, 2014
  2. 2. The NIH 2003 Data Sharing Policy is still in effect • Data sharing plans are required for funding applications seeking $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year, or state why data sharing is not possible. • Reviewers do not factor the proposed data-sharing plan into the determination of scientific merit or priority score. • Certain Program Announcements (PA) may request data sharing plans for applications that are less than $500,000 direct costs in any single year. For example: – NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative is to enable biomedical scientists to capitalize more fully on the Big Data • More information: • Any changes will be announced in the NIH guide 2
  3. 3. 333 No anticipated changes to the publications Public Access Policy. Key steps: 1) Address Copyright – Institutions and investigators are responsible for ensuring full compliance with the Public Access Policy (e.g., that any publishing or copyright agreements are consistent with submitting to PMC). 2) Deposit Paper Upon Acceptance for Publication – Method A: Publish in a journal that deposits all NIH-funded final published articles in PMC without author involvement. – Method B: Make arrangements to have a publisher deposit a specific final published article in PMC. – Method C: Deposit the final peer-reviewed manuscript in PMC yourself via the NIHMS. – Method D: Complete the submission process for a final peer-reviewed manuscript that the publisher has deposited via the NIHMS. 3) Cite Article – Include the PMC number (PMCID) for applicable papers in applications, proposals and reports, as described at
  4. 4. 4 How Institutions Are Ensuring Compliance Training – Policy awareness, submitting papers, preparing citations Author Support – Submitting manuscripts – Answering questions – Sending out reminders for reports early – Means to ensure collaborators do not prevent compliance Support on Publishing Agreements – Policies Coversheets/ Addenda (NIH’s Example: – Questions/discussion with publishers Ensuring compliance – Checking applications, proposals and reports – Monitoring institutional compliance – See for information
  5. 5. Do you have a plan that can withstand • Miscommunication among authors, and between publishers and authors? • Forgetfulness? Encourage your investigators to: • Use My NCBI now to track public access compliance • Associate papers with awards today • Ensure compliance well before their annual reports are due, to avoid a last minute scramble • Determine their compliance plan as they write their papers Resources at 5 Preparation is Key to Avoiding Delays in Funding
  6. 6. 66 Resources About the Public Access Policy: – – For Sponsored Programs: – Training materials for PIs and other communications: – Questions: PublicAccess@NIH.GOV The NIH Manuscript Submission System: – – Tutorials: PubMed Central: – – Information for Publishers: