The NIH Public Access Policy was mandated in 2008. The policy requires grant recipients to submit publications from NIH funded research to PubMed Central (PMC). Effective July 2013, the NIH will delay processing of non-competitive renewal funding if researchers are not in compliance. Grant recipients are responsible for ensuring compliance with the policy. If you fail to comply, your eligibility for future funding can be affected. Three issues must be addressed for compliance:
1. Address copyright. Copyright is addressed through your transfer agreement with your publisher which must allow for the deposit of your final, peer-reviewed manuscript into PMC with an embargo period of no longer than 12 months after publication. UC authors must also enclose a copy of the Tucker Letter.
2. Submit the article to PubMed Central. PMC is NIH’s free full-text archive for peer-reviewed research reports. There are four PMC submission methods: A. Deposit by your publisher directly. B. Author requests deposit by the publisher. C. Author deposits final peer-reviewed manuscript via the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system. D. Author completes submission of final peer-reviewed manuscript deposited by the publisher in the NIHMS system.
3. Cite the article correctly. The PubMed Central ID (PMCID) must be used when citing an article in NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports, or when the article was authored or co-authored by you or arose from your NIH award.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kristen LaBonte, Life Sciences Librarian at klabonte [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu