What is the NIH Public Access Policy?
The NIH Public Access Policy implements Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008) which states:
What Does It Mean To Me?
It is a requirement for future NIH funding.
Authors routinely sign agreements with publishers that transfer their copyright to the publisher. Therefore the author may not have the right to submit the article as required. See a two-minute video introduction about author rights.
A recent SPARC/Science Commons/ARL joint white paper recommends sending a cover letter with your journal submission, and they have provided a suggested cover letter. Additionally, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has developed an addendum that can be used with the publisher’s agreement. It reserves rights to authors sufficient to comply with the Public Access Policy and is available online via the Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine.
The SPARC Author Rights brochure is available online and in print at the Norris Medical Library. It provides more information about author rights.
Additional information is available at the NIH Public Access web site.
If you have further questions, please contact Pamela Corley, Research Support Librarian at (323) 442-1125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.