In December, 2007, Congress passed and the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (PL-110-61). This law included language which made the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy mandatory and compliance to it a statutory requirement. The law becomes effective April 7, 2008, and states the following:
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.
This new policy has several compliance issues that UConn authors need to address. The University of Connecticut is working on a formal policy for NIH-funded authors, and is developing resources and services to support authors, grant managers and others involved in complying with these new requirements.