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Scholarly Communication: Public Access Policies

NEW from NIH: Too many research findings published in predatory journals??

NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-011
Statement on Article Publication Resulting from NIH Funded Research
To protect the credibility of published research, authors are encouraged to publish papers arising from NIH-funded research in reputable journals. Do not publish in journals that exhibit

  • misleading pricing (e.g., lack of transparency about article processing charges);
  • failure to disclose information to authors;
  • aggressive tactics to solicit article submissions;
  • inaccurate statements about editorial board membership; and
  • misleading or suspicious peer-review processes.

Notice from the Federal Trade Commission:
Academics and scientists: Beware of predatory journal publishers

For assistance in identifying reputable journals, click on the Publishing tab of this guide or contact your HSLS Librarian. 

NIH Public Access Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. All peer reviewed articles arising from NIH funds are required to be submitted to PubMed Central and accessible to the public no later than 12 months after publication. Submitting a manuscript usually takes less than 10 minutes.

The Policy applies to you if your peer-reviewed article is based on work in one or more of the following categories:

  • Directly funded by an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 (October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008) or beyond
  • Directly funded by a contract signed on or after April 7, 2008
  • Directly funded by the NIH Intramural Program
  • If NIH pays your salary

Video: Introduction to PMCIDs and NIH Public Access Policy Compliance (6:55)

Public Access Policies - Federal Agencies

HSLS Classes

NIH Public Access Policy: Complying with Confidence
Schedule by appointment - contact instructor
Instructor: Andrea Ketchum
Location: Falk Library, Classroom 1

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