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ARL Issues Guide to NIH's New Public Access Rules

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Association of Research Libraries has released a guide to the National Institutes of Health’s new public access policy for NIH-funded researchers that outlines a few important aspects of the new rules.
As previously reported in GenomeWeb Daily News, investigators using NIH funding in fiscal year 2008 must submit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central within 12 months after official publication. The rule applies to NIH contracts signed on or before April 7, and will cover applications submitted to the NIH by the May 25 due date.
The Washington University School of Medicine also has posted online a chart that can serve as a reference for which articles are affected by the new policy.
The ARL, which is openly supportive of the shift to a public access policy for NIH-funded research, highlights a few of the fine points of the new policy. For example, when citing NIH-funded articles in these upcoming NIH applications, proposals, or progress reports, investigators must include the PubMed Central reference number that was assigned to the article.
If a journal has arranged to submit with PubMed Central, it may submit work on the author’s behalf. Some journals have implemented new author fees, according to ARL, and authors may want to find out if their institution has a free service for depositing with PubMed Central, or they may do so themselves.
ARL said that around 300 journals so far have arranged to submit their manuscripts with PubMed Central. The NIH has published an online list of these journals on its public access information website.

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