Policy on Depositing Articles in PMC

To assist our authors who acknowledge funding from agencies such as the NIH, the Research Councils UK – MRC and BBSRC; the Welcome Trust or the Howard Hughes Medical Institute) that require posting of their published article in PubMed Central (PMC), APS submits the final-published article to PMC on their behalf. 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 PMC render the 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.

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 open access fee ($2000 for research articles and $3000 for review articles), which will enable your article to be publicly accessible on the Journal site and in PMC immediately upon receipt of payment by us (see http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Publications/Info-For-Authors/Open-Access).

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 article published in our research Journals to PMC on your behalf.

For review articles in APS review journals (Physiology and Physiological Reviews), such funded articles are delivered as of the January 2013 published issues.

Reuse and Redistribution of Articles Published in PMC

Articles posted to PMC are protected by APS-held copyright and are posted to PMC by permission of APS. [Exception: AuthorChoice articles published on or after April 1, 2013 are subject to a Creative Commons license (see http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Publications/Info-For-Authors/Open-Access)]. 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.

  • For non-commercial purposes users may access, download, copy, display, and redistribute articles as well as adapt, text and data mine content contained in articles, subject to the following conditions:
  • The authors’ moral right to the integrity of their work is not compromised.
  • Where content in the article is identified as belonging to a third party, it is the obligation of the user to ensure that any use complies with copyright policies of the third party owner.
  • If article content is copied, downloaded, or otherwise reused for non-commercial research and education purposes, a link to the appropriate bibliographic citation (authors, journal, article title, volume, issue, page numbers, Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the link to the definitive published version on the APS journal site) should be maintained. Copyright notices and disclaimers should not be deleted.
  • If article content is re-used, adapted or translated, a link to the appropriate bibliographic citation (authors, journal, article title, volume, issue, page numbers, DOI) and a link to the definitive published version on the APS journal site must be provided. Copyright notices and disclaimers must not be deleted. The following statement must be prominently displayed on the user’s work: “This is an unofficial adaptation or translation of an article that appeared in a publication of the American Physiological Society. The American Physiological Society has not endorsed the content of this adaptation or translation, or the context of its use.”

Use of articles for commercial purposes is prohibited. Commercial purposes include:

  • Copying or downloading of articles, or linking to such postings, for further redistribution, sale or licensing, for a fee;
  • Copying, downloading or posting by a site or service that incorporates advertising with such content;
  • The inclusion or incorporation of article content in other works or services (other than normal quotations with an appropriate citation), including translations, that is then available for sale or licensing, for a fee.
  • Use of articles or article content (other than normal quotations with appropriate citation) by for-profit organizations for promotional purposes, whether for a fee or otherwise.
  • Use for the purposes of monetary reward by means of sale, resale, license, loan, transfer, or other form of commercial exploitation.

For permission to use articles beyond what is permitted here, please use our permissions request form.

APS articles as maintained on the APS publishing platforms, represent the definitive articles of record. Articles posted to or displayed by institutional repositories or non-APS Web sites are without warranty from APS of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. In no event shall APS be liable for any loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of information contained in Articles posted or displayed on institutional repositories or non-APS Web sites.

APS retains all rights to articles or their contents provided under the U.S. Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 101, et seq.), except as expressly licensed hereunder, and any use of articles or their contents in contravention of the rights of APS under the US Copyright Act, or as permitted hereunder, is expressly prohibited. The terms and conditions contained herein set forth the understanding of the parties and may not be modified without the express written consent of both parties

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.