- The NIH recommends that authors check agreements prior to submitting to a particular publisher for
manuscript review. Go to SHERPA/RoMEO to see what
your journal's standard copyright transfer agreement allows.
- When you send the first draft of your manuscript, it is a good idea to include a notice to the
publisher that the research was funded by the NIH and is, therefore, subject to the public access
- The copyright transfer agreement must contain language that allows submission to PubMed Central which
is a national repository. The standard agreement of some publishers already includes this.
- If the standard agreement does not allow NIH submission:
Insert NIH suggested language (below), OR
Use an addendum to publication agreements
See more on using SPARC's Author
Addendum or generate a customized addendum with the Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine from Science
Commons. SPARC's and other addenda are available here.
NIH Suggested Language
If your goal is simply to secure the right to deposit your manuscript in PubMed Central, NIH suggests
inserting the following language into the publisher's agreement:
"Journal acknowledges that Author retains the right to provide a copy of the final manuscript to NIH,
upon acceptance for Journal publication or thereafter, for public archiving in PubMed Central as soon as
possible after publication by Journal." Note: the agreed-upon period should be stated here,
replacing the vague underlined phrase.
This is the minimum that is required for NIH compliance; you may wish to go further. For more on this