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NIH Public Access Policy Compliance: Copyright

Learn how to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy

Address Copyright

Before you sign a publication agreement or similar copyright transfer agreement, make sure that the agreement allows the paper to be posted to PubMed Central (PMC) in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.  Final, peer-reviewed manuscripts must be submitted to the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) upon acceptance for publication, and be made publicly available on PMC no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.

Publisher Copyright Policies and Self Archiving

Currently most publishers acknowledge your right to submit the final peer-reviewed manuscript to PMC.

For additional information on publisher's policies:

Acknowledge Funding

All grantees must acknowledge Federal funding when issuing statements, press releases, requests for proposals, bid invitations, and other documents describing projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal money. Each publication, press release, or other document about research supported by an NIH grant must include:

  1. An acknowledgment of NIH grant support such as:
    "Research reported in this [publication, release] was supported by [name of the Institute, Center, or other funding component] of the National Institutes of Health under grant number [specific NIH grant number in this format: R01GM012345]."
  2. A disclaimer that says:
    "The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health."
    NIH Grants Policy Statement (Section 8.2.1)

Cite NIH grant numbers in the article acknowledgement section!

Include NIH funding information in your copyright transfer agreement or publication agreement.

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