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Legislation passed in December 2007 ensures that the public has access to published results of National Institutes iof Health (NIH) -funded research: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-033.html The new rules require researchers to submit all peer-reviewed journal articles that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central (PMC) within twelve months of publication. PubMed Central (PMC) www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov is a free online archive of full-text biomedical journal articles.
NIH Public Access Website (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/)
NIH Public Access FAQ (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm)
History of Legislation: (http://www.sparc.arl.org/advocacy/frpaa/index.html)
Authors should ensure they can reuse their own work and that they can self-archive.
Authors must address copyright before signing agreements with publishers. See FAQ C.3. http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm#b7
Some publisher agreements already provide for deposit in the PubMed Central database, however, many current agreements do not.
One useful resource is found on the NIH website: http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm
If you are submitting to a publisher whose policies on NIH submittal are unclear, unknown, or non-compliant, be sure to include the comment that the manuscript “is subject to the NIH PubMed Central submittal requirements” in your correspondence with the journal editors.
Before signing an agreement to publish the manuscript, insert over your signature: “Subject to the attached Addendum”Print out, sign, and attach a document with the following information:
ADDENDUM: Journal acknowledges that Author retains the right to provide a copy of the final manuscript to the NIH and the OSU ScholarsArchive upon acceptance for Journal publication, for public archiving in PubMed Central as soon as possible but no later than 12 months after publication by Journal.
NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)
NIH Manuscript Submission Help page (http://www.nihms.nih.gov/web-help/index.html)
List of Journal Titles that submit articles directly to PubMed Central http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm/
The OSU Libraries has experience working on digital repository and open access issues. We encourage OSU faculty to deposit their work in OSU’s ScholarsArchive at the same time as they deposit in PubMed Central.
Michael Boock, OSU Libraries: (541) 737-9155, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Hawk, OSU Research Office: (541) 737-4933, email@example.com
Charles Fletcher, OSU Associate General Counsel: (541) 737-6262, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Madelyn Wessel of the University of Virginia for compiling much of this information.
This information is current as of 2/22/08