NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health has fleshed out the details of its newly adopted open access policy, which mandates that all NIH-funded investigators must submit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central within 12 months after official publication, through a policy statement and a FAQ page on the NIH’s Public Access website.
The mandate, which became law through the end-of-year passage of the omnibus spending bill that also funded the NIH for 2008, will apply to articles from investigators funded in whole or in part by the NIH, and if NIH pays the investigator’s salary. The submissions will include all graphics and supplemental materials.
NIH will help pay for publication in open access journals through its grant funding, so long as the author’s agreement with the journal is in accordance with the NIH’s open access policy.
The rule will take effect for investigators funded under an NIH grant cooperative agreement in fiscal year 2008, or those funded under NIH contracts signed on or after April 7, and will cover those applications submitted to the NIH by this year’s May 25 due date.
Investigators in future applications must include the PubMed Central reference number when they cite their own NIH-funded articles.
Investigators publishing in journals that already submit their articles to PubMed do not need to submit their articles separately.
NIH estimates that its funding backs the research behind as many as 80,000 articles each year.