The National Institutes of Health (NIH) ‘s public access submission policy will be mandatory as of April 7, 2008.
The NIH Public Access Policy implements Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008). The law states:
The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.
Investigators whose research is funded by NIH in whole or in part must submit their final, peer-reviewed journal articles to PubMed Central, a free, online archive of full-text biomedical and life sciences journal articles. NIH has a list of journals that submit articles directly to PubMed Central on behalf of their authors.
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