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Scholarly Publishing, Video: Authors Rights, NIH and April 7 2008

Got two minutes? Please read this:

” The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of National Institutes of Health funded research. It requires scientists to submit journal articles that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central. The Policy requires that these articles be accessible to the public on PubMed Central to help advance science and improve human health… All peer reviewed articles arising from NIH funds are required to be submitted to PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication“.

The NIH Public Access Policy implements Division G, Title II, Section 218 of PL 110-161 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008).

American researchers, faculty and librarians should be aware by now that as of Apr 7 2008, the above described NIH Public Access Policy will become public law.

The 2-minute video entitled “Authors Rights” (link here on blip.tv) has many parents. Committee members from the American Library Association‘s Institute on Scholarly Information and American College & Research Libraries (ACRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition, American Library Association) produced this public announcement for researchers, and specifically cited academic librarians who work with these same faculty or researchers as “experts” on copyright law (say, thank you!).

The video informs us that there are “three steps to effective rights management: 1) Scrutinize the publication agreement; 2 Negotiate with the publisher; 3) Retain the rights you need “.

Click here to view an alphabetical list of journals which submit to the PubMedCentral.

Additional source files about open access and scholarly communications are available at http://www.arl.org/sc/institute/instres.shtml.

Thanks also to Peter Scott at xrefer.blogspot.com for pointing out the availability of this new instructional video, and for having an excellent blog for librarians in general!

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