On Friday, November 16th, the NIH announced “that in Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance.” (NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-12-160).
Included in this notice are several process and procedural changes related to the public access requirement.
In a related blog post, Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, offers this advice to researchers:
“The challenge is that publication occurs throughout the year, and progress reporting occurs once a year. So I encourage principal investigators to start thinking about public access compliance when papers are planned. Discuss with your co-authors how the paper will be submitted to PubMed Central, and who will do so, along with all the other tasks of paper writing. The easiest thing to do, perhaps even today, is to take a couple of minutes to enter the NIH-supported papers you have published in the last year into My NCBI to ensure you meet the requirements of the policy regardless of when your non-competing continuation is due. This will help you avoid a last minute scramble that could delay your funding.” (Rock Talk blog, November 16, 2012)