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February 21, 2008

New Requirement for NIH-Funded Research

The NIH Public Access Policy has been signed into law and takes effect on April 7, 2008. After April 7th, the new NIH Public Access Policy will require you to submit any articles accepted for publication to NIH's PubMed Central, where they will be freely and permanently accessible to all so that they might better advance science and improve health.

Before that, however, you'll need to make sure you don't sign away the necessary rights in the journal's author agreement. The University Libraries and the Sponsored Projects Administration are prepared to help. Questions about the policy can be sent to nihpublicaccess@umn.edu. We can help you ensure you have the necessary rights, guide you through the submission process, and help you understand how to cite your articles in future applications and progress reports. For more information, go to: http://www.lib.umn.edu/scholcom/NIHaccess.phtml

Here's what the law actually states:
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.

(In accordance with Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 ), the NIH voluntary Public Access Policy (NOT-OD-05-022) is now mandatory)