The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its new Public Access policy, which becomes effective April 7, 2008. Principal investigators must ensure that electronic versions of any peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funding and accepted for publication after that date are deposited in PubMed Central (PMC), NIH’s digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Full text of the articles will then be made freely available to the public no later than 12 months after publication. The requirement applies to any NIH direct funding, including grants, contracts, training grants, subcontracts, etc. In addition, beginning May 25, 2008, anyone submitting an application, proposal or progress report to NIH must include the PMC or NIH Manuscript Submission Reference Number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH-funded research. Compliance involves three main areas:
UConn authors / investigators must ensure that agreements with publishers permit submission of the author’s manuscript to PubMed Central (PMC) after April 7, 2008.
University of Connecticut principal investigators must ensure that final peer reviewed manuscripts and accompanying data required by the publisher resulting from NIH funded research are deposited into PMC upon acceptance for publication on or after April 7, 2008 using the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).
Effective May 25, 2008, you will need to include the PMC ID or NIHMS ID numbers for any articles you cite in your progress reports, new applications, or renewals. These are only needed for articles accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008, but you may include PMC ID numbers for articles already in PubMed Central as well.