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NIH Public Access Policy

Guide to the NIH Public Access Policy, submitting peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central, and compliance with the policy.


Addressing Copyright

Before signing a copyright transfer agreement with the Publisher, the authors and PI should make sure that the terms allow the author to comply with the NIH policy.  Avoid signing agreements that do not allow this, and if necessary consider another publishing venue.

Inform the Publisher at the time of submission that your article is subject to the NIH Public Access Policy. Most publishers are well aware of the Policy and have mechanisms in place to facilitate compliance. 

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