“The public access policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research to help advance science and improve human health.” -- National Institutes of Health Public Access
On January 11, 2008, in response to an act of Congress, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a revision of its Public Access Policy. As of April 7, 2008, the agency requires investigators to deposit all articles stemming from NIH funding in the NIH online archive, PubMed Central.
To expand use of publicly funded research findings, the NIH now requires its investigators to deposit (or have deposited for them) in the PubMed Central online archive an electronic version of their journal articles stemming from NIH-funded research. The articles will be made publicly available in PubMed Central within 12 months after journal publication.
For more on the policy:
Benefits: The impact on UC researchers will be significant. The University of California received over $1.5 billion in NIH funds in 2007 for 3,900 awards. The NIH Public Access Policy brings with it obligations as well as benefits for UC and our researchers. Provost Hume summarizes the benefits in his September 2007 letter to Senator Feinstein in support of the NIH Public Access Policy (PDF). Some benefits include:
Compliance: The principal investigators and their institutions (as grantees) are responsible for ensuring the submission of articles stemming from their awards. Campus offices of Contracts and Grants, libraries, and legal departments all have a role in providing information and assistance to support compliance with the policy.
Libraries on campuses with significant NIH funding have created websites to direct researchers to relevant information and assistance. If your campus is not represented here, visit another campus site. The information applies to all UC researchers.