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Guide to the NIH Public Access Mandate: Let Us Help You!

Researchers funded by the NIH must, at the time they submit articles for publication, also submit the article to PubMed Central for public access. This Guide explains the steps for doing this.

The Library can submit your articles for you!

With your permission, the Library can assist you in your efforts to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

  1. Your (Copy)Rights
    Contact us if you need help deciding whether you have the right to deposit your paper into PubMed Central. Although compliance to the Policy is mandatory, authors are still required to comply with Copyright Law. Although the Library cannot offer legal advice, we have experience reading Publisher's Copyright Transfer Forms and can guide you to a better understanding of your rights.
  2. Submission
    The Library can assist you in submitting your files to the NIH Manuscript Submission system.
    • The Author will need to send the following information to us:
      • Journal title
      • Article Title
      • Name of Principal Investigator
      • NIH Grant Number
      • All the files that were submitted to the publisher, including the final post review version of the article, and any accompanying tables or figures, clearly labelled
      • The NIHMS system will send the Principal Investigator an email at the end of the process, asking the PI to verify that the web version (XML standardized format) that was created by the NIH Manuscript Submission System is correct. The PI willl need to review the document, and submit any corrections that may be needed. Only the PI can do this last, final step of the submission. The PI must do this even if they are not listed as an author on the paper.
    With your permission, the Library would also like to submit your manuscript to IDEALS, the University of Illinois archive for scholarly works.

If you have any questions about copyright, contact:

Dan Tracy
Head, Scholarly Communication & Publishing


For article deposit assistance, contact:

Peg Burnette
Biomedical Sciences Librarian


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