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NIH Open Access Policy


As part of a new law enacted in 2007 researchers who receive funding from the National Institutes of Health must submit all final peer reviewed manuscripts that were a result of the funding to PubMed Central (the National Library of Medicine's online database of biomedical literature) within twelve months of publication. This law does not apply to non peer reviewed materials such as book chapters and editorials.

Researchers who recieve the following funding must comply with the new law:

  1. Directly funded by an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in FY 2008 (October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008) or beyond.
  2. Directly funded by contract signed on or after April 7, 2008
  3. Directly funded by NIH Intramural Program
  4. If NIH pays your salary.

Copyright Issue

Researchers must retain the right to submit the work to PubMed Central. Any copyright transfer agreements that researchers enter into must contain language that allows the researcher to comply with the law.

Sample copyright language:

"Journal acknowledges that Author retains the right to provide a copy of the final manuscript to the NIH upon acceptance for publication, for public archiving in PubMed Central as soon as possible but no later than 12 months after publication by the journal."

Researchers can also specify in their cover letter that the article being submitted is a result of NIH funding and is subject to the NIH Open Access Policy (Sample cover letter for Author Journal Submission).


For more general information on compliance with the NIH Open Access Policy at Purdue, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research.

For more specific information on the NIH Policy, please visit the NIH website.


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