Chapter 12: Other Concerns

Other Concerns
12.1 Acknowledgment of Support
Appropriate acknowledgment of a sponsor’s financial support for research projects is critical. Care should be taken to acknowledge properly all sponsors who contributed to research publications. In general, acknowledgment includes the award number and name of the sponsor(s). Sponsors will typically indicate the format of such acknowledgment.

12.2 NIH Public Access Policy
The NIH Public Access Policy implements Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008). The law states:

The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to published results of NIH funded research on PubMed Central (PMC). There are several ways in which authors may submit papers to PMC, including submitting papers via the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).

How to Comply
All of your papers that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy, whether in press or in print, must include evidence of compliance in all of your NIH applications and reports.

  1. Determine Applicability
    1. Does the NIH Public Access Policy apply to your paper?
  2. Address Copyright
    1. Ensure your publishing agreement allows the paper to be posted to PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  3. Submit Paper
    1. Submit papers to PubMed Central and approve public release.
    2. Include PMCID in Citations
    3. Include the PMCID at the end of the full citation in your application or report

NIH Public Access Policy