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February 27, 2008

More on the NIH Public Access Policy

Today I was happy to present at the School of Dentistry's Research Seminar series on the issue of the new NIH Public Access Policy and how this affects you as a published author of peer-reviewed journal articles.

The NIH Public Access Policy begins April 7, 2008. The policy makes it mandatory for all authors of research results, that are the result of NIH funding and published as a peer-reviewed journal article to submit their final, peer-reviewed manuscript into the NIH's online repository, PubMed Central.

Previously, this had been done on a voluntary basis, but in the interests of making this research publicly accessible to all, Congress added a provision in the law to make this a mandatory requirement.The article will be available in PubMed Central 12 months after the original publication date in the journal.

Please take a few minutes to look over my Power Point presentation from today.

As always, I'm happy to consult with you about this issue directly via email, or you may direct specific questions to this address: nihpublicaccess@umn.edu

Regards,

Lisa

February 19, 2008

New Requirement for NIH-Funded Research

The NIH Public Access Policy has been signed into law and takes effect on April 7, 2008.. 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)

So, what does this mean for you? We've set up a website that outlines the key components to this new requirement at: http://www.lib.umn.edu/scholcom/NIHaccess.phtml

The University of Minnesota Libraries are working with SPA and other stakeholders to develop ways we can assist authors with compliance.

In the interim, feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the new mandate.