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Library Resource Guide for: NIH PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY

NIH Public Access Policy at Brown

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit journal articles that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central. The Policy requires that these articles be accessible to the public on PubMed Central to help advance science and improve human health. Some publishers directly deposit the Publisher’s Version into PubMed Central within the 12 month period. The list of specific journals known to offer this enhanced service is found at http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm

However, some publishers and journals are not compliant …

  • If the journal is not on the NIH Journal List:
  • Review the publisher copyright agreement form. Make sure you have the rights to deposit your article with PMC.
  • If not, add the text “Journal acknowledges that Author retains the right to provide a copy of the final manuscript to the NIH 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.”
  • If the journal will not accept this amendment clause on the publisher copyright agreement form or information on the journal web site, contact the journal publisher or Editor in Chief of the journal and ask for clarification of their policies for NIH-funded authors as per NIH Public Access Policy
The full details of these complications are found on the NIH FAQ site http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm

The Office of the VP for Research has provided additional information on logistics and author/grantee responsibilities.

The library is considering the long-term implications for peer review, sustainable journal price models, and other impacts on the overall scholarly communication network. We are interested in your opinions about the recent NIH Public Access Policy. If you have any comments or concerns please direct them to:

Ned Quist

Brown University Library
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
10 Prospect Street / Box A
Providence, RI 02912

phone: (401) 863-3999



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