Monday, June 11, 2012

Are you complying with the NIH Public Access Policy?

If you are frantically working on your proposal for the June deadline and have no idea what I am referring to, it is time for you to take a crash course in the NIH Public Access Policy.  Essentially, this policy requires that publications the result from NIH-funded research projects be made available to the public in PubMed Central.  NOTE: PubMed and PubMed Central are 2 different databases.  Compliance with the policy includes listing PMCID numbers, when applicable, in your grant reference list and on your biosketch.  Some points to note when deadline with the Public Access Policy:
  • DO review the NIH guidelines and determine which publications much comply with the policy. 
  • DO check copyright agreements before submitting any manuscripts to PMC. 
  • DO submit papers to PMC if publications result from NIH-funded research. 
  • DO include PMCIDs in citations. 
  • DON'T include PMIDs in citations in place of PMCIDs. 
  • DON"T ignore this policy!  Failure to comply can result in failure to receive funding!

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