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NIH Public Access Policy

Webcast: Institutional Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy: Ensuring Deposit Rights

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This webcast explores the legal aspects of author rights management within the context of the new Public Access Policy adopted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Effective April 7, 2008, the new policy requires investigators to deposit their articles stemming from NIH funding in PubMed Central. Institutions confront a key set of issues raised by the need to ensure that authors maintain the legal rights required to allow compliance with the new policy.

Date and Time of Live Event

Friday, March 7, 2008
1:00–2:00 p.m. eastern standard time

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Vice presidents of research, administrators and staff in funded research and grants office, campus compliance officers, and others who will be responsible for fulfilling their organizations’ compliance obligations as NIH grantees.

Implications of the Policy

The new policy will have many benefits for research institutions, including better documentation of publications resulting from funded research, but also making funded research freely accessible in PubMed Central to virtually any Internet user—whether or not their library subscribes to the journal that published it. This enhanced access should facilitate further research while increasing the impact of deposited publications.

An integral component of complying with the new deposit requirement is ensuring that authors retain the rights to deposit their article when they publish it although many publisher agreements do not currently grant these rights as a matter of course. Institutions have several options, however, for assisting investigators in managing their rights negotiations for publication.


Association of Research Libraries
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges


Kevin L. Smith, JD
Scholarly Communications Officer
Duke University

Jim Siedow
Vice Provost for Research
Duke University

Tony Waldrop
Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

For More Information about the Policy

See the ARL guide to the NIH Public Access Policy.