NIH Public Access Policy changes go into effect July 1

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the full text of peer-reviewed published articles resulting from NIH-funded research are made available to the public. The policy requires 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.”

The Principle Investigator (PI) of the NIH award is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance for all applicable articles that are generated from the research project, including those not authored by the PI.  Articles are exempt if the research is not funded by the NIH or if they are not peer-reviewed (for example, literature reviews, letters, editorials, book chapters or conference proceedings).

Recent changes to the policy include a requirement that the full text of all applicable cited articles in the bibliography, if co-authored by any of the manuscript collaborators, must also be available in PMC. Most significantly, the NIH will delay funding or renewal of non-competing continuation awards with a start date of July 1, 2013, if the applicants’ publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the policy. For more information about the changes and for useful campus links, go to the library’s page on the NIH Public Access Policy.

Jonquil Feldman

Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

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