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NIH Public Access Policy Resources

Information and training materials about the NIH Public Access Policy

Negotiating for Author’s Rights

  • If your desired journal doesn’t utilize method A or B, contact the library for help getting the rights to deposit in PMC!
  • Addendums can be made to publication agreements to permit posting in PubMed Central!

2. 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 posted to the NIHMS upon acceptance for publication, and be made publicly available on PMC no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Which submission method will be used?
  • Will you submit to PubMed Central the final peer-reviewed manuscript or the final published article?
  • Will your publisher submit the paper or will you submit it?
  • When will it be submitted?
  • Who approves the submission of the paperwork?
  • When will the public have access to your paper in PubMed Central?