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In late 2007, President Bush signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill, whereby the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will require all investigators who receive NIH funding to make digital copies of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts publicly available in the National Library of Medicine’s digital repository, PMC (formerly known as PubMed Central). This law betokens the emergence of Open Access (OA) publishing as a viable alternative for the dissemination of scholarly information.

Highlights

  • April 7, 2008

    From this date forward, all peer-reviewed articles resulting from NIH-funded research must be submitted to PMC upon acceptance for publication.

  • May 25, 2008

    Publications cited in proposals, applications and progress reports must include the PMC reference number (PMCID) for articles that fall under the Policy and are authored or co-authored by the investigator, or arose from the investigator’s award. This includes applications submitted for the May 25, 2008, due date and subsequent due dates. If the PMCID is not yet available, the NIH Manuscript Submission system reference number (NIHMS ID) should be submitted.

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For more information or if you have questions about the policy or compliance, contact Molly Keener, 758-5829.

If you have any questions, please contact the Scholarly Communication Librarian at 336-758-5829.