Important Information about the NIH Public Access Policy and Your Manuscript
The NIH Public Access Policy requires that its funded investigators submit to PubMed Central (PMC) all manuscripts accepted after April 7, 2008 resulting from research supported in whole or in part with funds from NIH.
As of the July 2008 published issues, if you are funded by NIH or are an employee of NIH, APS will deliver the final published research article to PMC for you for the following APS journals:
AJP - Cell Physiology
AJP - Endocrinology and Metabolism
AJP - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
AJP - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
AJP - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
AJP - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
AJP - Renal Physiology
Journal of Applied Physiology
Journal of Neurophysiology
Advances in Physiology Education
You must acknowledge explicitly in the text of your research article that (1) the research in the article you authored was funded by NIH and (2) and/or your institutional affiliation with NIH in order for APS to deliver your article to PMC shortly after final publication. APS will instruct PMC to render the research article publicly available 12 months after final publication. This period of time is consistent with the APS policy to render all content publicly available through HighWire Press 12 months after article issue publication and ensures compliance with your copyright agreement with APS.
For review articles in APS review journals (Physiology and Physiological Reviews), the task of delivering articles to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy remains the responsibility of the author. Regarding manuscript version, PMC requests that the authors deliver the accepted manuscript version of the article.
Other Funding Agencies that Require Posting to PMC
If you are not funded or employed by NIH but by a different agency that requires posting to PMC, e.g.; the Research Councils UK – MRC and BBSRC; the Welcome Trust or the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the APS will submit your final published article to PMC for you. You must be sure to acknowledge explicitly within the text of your article the funding source of the research in the article you authored and/or your institutional affiliation, so that your article will be tagged for delivery by us to PMC. APS will have the PMC render the article publicly available 12 months after final publication. If your funding agency requires that access to your article be made publicly available prior to 12 months after publication, you are required to pay an AuthorChoice fee, which will enable your article to be publicly accessible on the Journal site and in PMC immediately upon receipt of payment by us.
Articles posted to PMC are protected by APS-held copyright and are posted to PMC by permission of APS. At the time of deposit, posted articles include all changes made during peer review, copyediting, and publishing. PMC and PMC mirror site host organizations are responsible for all links within the article and for incorporating any publisher-supplied amendments or retractions issued subsequently. Articles for which no open access fee has been paid will be made publicly available on the APS journal site and in PMC 12 months after article issue publication. NOTE: Articles for which authors have purchased the AuthorChoice option are covered by the Creative Commons "CC-BY" license. So long as users properly attribute the work (complete APS journal citation, including DOI number), users are free to copy, distribute, and transmit the work, to adapt the work, and to make commercial use of the work (but not in any way that suggests that APS endorses the user or the use of the work). For complete terms, go to the Creative Commons website.
If you have any questions with respect to the NIH Public Access Policy or other funding agencies’ policies and the publication of your article in an APS journal, you may contact the APS at APSPMC@the-aps.org.