NIH ultimately holds the Principal Investigator/NIH Awardee responsible for compliance, even when they are not the author or co-author.
PIs may assign a delegate to submit manuscripts to PMC and manage other aspects of compliance.
Does the NIH Mandate apply to your manuscript?
1. Arises from:
any direct funding from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
Any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
Any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
An NIH employee
2. Is peer-reviewed
3. Has been accepted for publication in a journal on or after April 7, 2008*
If you answered YES to ALL 3 questions, you are required to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy and ensure that your article is deposited in PubMed Central and made publicly accessible within 12 months of publication.
Okay, now what do I do?
Start thinking about how you will comply with NIH's Public Access Policy.
When selecting a journal to submit your article to, find out what the publisher's policies are with regard to the NIH Public Access Policy. Here are some ways to do that: