This White Paper is written primarily for policymaking staff in universities and other institutional recipients of NIH support responsible for ensuring compliance with the Public Access Policy. The January 11, 2008, Public Access Policy imposes two new compliance mandates. First, the grantee must ensure proper manuscript submission. The version of the article to be submitted is the final version over which the author has control, which must include all revisions made after peer review. The statutory command directs that the manuscript be submitted to PMC “upon acceptance for publication.” That is, the author’s final manuscript should be submitted to PMC at the same time that it is sent to the publisher for final formatting and copy editing. Second, the grantee also has a distinct obligation to grant NIH copyright permission to make the manuscript publicly accessible through PMC not later than 12 months after the date of publication. This obligation is connected to manuscript submission because the author, or the person submitting the manuscript on the author’s behalf, must have the necessary rights under copyright at the time of submission to give NIH the copyright permission it requires. This White Paper explains and analyzes only the scope of the grantee’s copyright-related obligations under the revised Public Access Policy and suggests six options for compliance with that aspect of the grantee’s obligation.
Carroll, Michael, "Complying With The National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy: Copyright Considerations and Options" (2008). Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals. Paper 340.