Session gives guidance for meeting the NIH Public Access Mandate

September 16, 2008

Since spring 2008, Penn State researchers, faculty and staff have been required to comply with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy Mandate to make full-text articles freely available to the public 12 months after publication. On Thursday, Oct. 9, a training session will examine copyright issues leading to the Open Access movement and the NIH Public Access Mandate as well as provide an explanation of the manuscript submission process and an overview of the copyright addendum, approved by University counsel, to be used with a manuscript submission.

The presentation and workshop, scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library, also will be broadcast on Media Site Live and will be accessible for 30 days. The Media Site Live page is located at No login or password is needed.

Presenters include Marie FitzSimmons, reference librarian, and Esther Dell, reference and interlibrary loan librarian, from the George T. Harrell Library, Penn State Hershey.

The Penn State NIH Public Access Policy Implementation Web page can be found at The NIH mandate requires principal investigators to deposit electronic versions of peer-reviewed manuscripts arising from NIH funding and accepted for publication on or after April 7 into PubMed Central (PMC), NIH's digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

The Public Access Policy applies to researchers whose salaries are paid by NIH, or whose peer-reviewed articles meet any of the following criteria:
-- Directly funded by an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 (Oct. 1, 2007-Sept. 30, 2008) or beyond
-- Directly funded by a contract signed on or after April 7, 2008
-- Directly funded by the NIH Intramural Program

As principal investigator or grantee, researchers are responsible for ensuring that any publications derived from work conducted under the auspices of NIH funding is submitted to PubMed Central. It is the responsibility of the principal investigator, whether or not he or she is an author on a particular manuscript, to make certain all personnel, even subcontractors, adhere to the NIH Public Access Policy.

Additional resources can be found online at For manuscript submission FAQs, see To read the White Paper: "Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy - Copyright Considerations and Options," go to:

For more information, contact Life Sciences Librarian Nancy Henry at (814) 865-3713 or


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