NIH Policy Implementation
NEW: Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy - Copyright considerations and options, a joint white paper from SPARC, Science Commons, and ARL
On January 11, 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a revision to its Public Access Policy. The policy now requires eligible researchers to deposit copies of final manuscripts upon acceptance into a peer-reviewed journal so that they may be made publicly available within 12 months of publication. This policy applies to any journal articles resulting from research supported in whole or in part by direct funds from NIH. The manuscript is defined as the final version accepted for journal publication and includes all modifications from the publishing and peer-review process.
The NIH has provided a comprehensive set of resources to explain the details of the policy:
The NIH also tracks submission rates and statistics: (Monthly Aggregate Submission Statistics from NIHMS)
You also may find it useful to refer researchers on your campus to these resources provided by NIH:
As libraries and administrators explore local approaches to education and compliance, please keep in mind these additional helpful resources that are currently available:
For background on the widespread community support for the NIH Public Access Policy, visit the Alliance for Taxpayer Access Web site.