Every author should answer these questions to determine if their journal articles are subject to the NIH Mandate, and if so, submit them to PubMed Central in a timely way.
If you answered YES to ALL 3 questions, you are required to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy and ensure that your article is deposited in PubMed Central and made publicly accessible within 12 months of publication.
NIH ultimately holds the Principal Investigator/NIH Awardee responsible for compliance, even when they are not the author or co-author.
PIs may assign a delegate to submit manuscripts to PMC and manage other aspects of compliance.
Start thinking about how you will comply with NIH's Public Access Policy.
1. When selecting a journal to submit your article to, find out what the publisher's policies are with regard to the NIH Public Access Policy. Here are some ways to do that:
2. If you are an author but not the PI, notify the PI that you are working on a manuscript so it can be reported
Unless it is clear in the publisher's stated guidelines, authors must retain sufficient copyright to ensure that all conditions of the NIH Public Access Policy can be met.
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