Depositing Your Work at NIH or Jefferson Digital Commons
NIH Deposit Policy
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) policy on publications that
result from all research funded by NIH grants took effect in May 2005.
If you receive NIH funding, this policy pertains to you.
Authors are requested to deposit copies of their articles into
Central as soon as possible after their acceptance for publication.
The policy applies to peer-reviewed articles accepted for journal
publicationnot to letters to the editor, editorials, or other
submitted materials. The new policy has been described as an attempt
to balance the needs of publishers and societies to realize income
from the sale of published research vs. the right of taxpayers to
access the work they have funded. The interests of researchers are
served by the combination of publication in peer-reviewed journals
together with rapid free access to electronic content. A notice in
the NIH Guide describes the public access policy: "Implementation
of Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting
from NIH-Funded Research."
Use the NIH Public Access site
for easy submission.
Need help? NIH has provided a set of Frequently
Asked Questions about the program, as well as a Help
Desk to answer specific questions.
Note that for submission, NIH extramural investigators must use
their eRA Commons account. NIH
eRA Commons is a system developed to facilitate the discrete
exchange of essential information between NIH and applicant organizations.
The Commons is a Web interface, where NIH and the grantee
community are able to conduct their extramural research administration
Not sure you have the right to deposit your work?
Your right to deposit your work with NIH or in the Jefferson Digital
Commons (Jefferson's own institutional repository) depends on the
agreement you signed with your publisher. Many publishers require
that you sign over all rights, which would preclude you from making
AISR and Jefferson's University Counsel recommend that you retain
your right to deposit your articles. If your publishing contract
does not already allow this, ask your publisher to modify your contract
to allow it -- sample
language is available as an "author's addendum," developed
by SPARC, an organization of which Jefferson is a member.
If you do not know whether you have the right to deposit your work,
and no longer have a copy of your pubishers' agreement, you will
need to contact your publisher to find out. AISR staff are available
to assist you with this; contact the Reference Desk at 215-503-8150
Jefferson Digital Commons
Depositing your work in Jefferson's
institutional repository gives your work greater exposure world-wide.
Studies of other repositories show significant increases in citations
result from such exposure. You may deposit articles in both PubMed Central
and Jefferson Digital Commons if your publisher permits deposits and/or
you have retained your right to deposit.
You may deposit your own articles or request AISR staff assistance.
For assistance with the Jefferson Digital Commons, contact Dan Kipnis at 215-503-2825 or Dan.Kipnis@jefferson.edu.