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Revised NIH Public Access FAQ

The most recent update to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page was completed on May 2, 2008.

The following changes have been made:

  • Questions C7, C9 and C10 are new and reflect improvements to PubMed. They clarify and simplify how awardees can comply with the fifth specification of the NIH Public Access Policy, which states: “Beginning May 25, 2008, anyone submitting an application, proposal or progress report to the NIH must include the PMC or NIH Manuscript Submission reference number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH funded research. This policy includes applications submitted to the NIH for the May 25, 2008 due date and subsequent due dates.”
  • Questions A4, B10-B12, C8, C11, D5, E4, E5, F5 and F6 were developed based on questions received by NIH. These questions do not signify any changes in policy or procedure.
  • NIH has responded to a number of questions about issues already addressed by the January 11 version of the FAQs, and have made a number of small changes to many of these FAQ questions to improve their clarity. The biggest change made is to the wording of FAQs B1-B5. These clarifications to the existing FAQ do not signify any changes in policy or procedure.
  • The January 11, 2008 FAQ uses the term “article” as a generic word for a peer-reviewed scientific publication and all its versions. At the March 20 Open Meeting, some stakeholders commented that ‘article’ could be confused with the term “final published article”. Therefore, this FAQ uses the term ‘paper’ instead of ‘article’. NIH will be updating the website to reflect this change as well.

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