National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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If you are funded by the NIH…

... you will be required to deposit the final manuscript of your journal articles in PubMed Central (PMC) , and ensure their free availability (open access) within 12 months of publication. Springer journals are perfectly ready to meet this reqNIH Complianceuirement and give you two options to comply.

If you choose to publish your article as open access within the Springer Open Choice program, Springer deposits the final published version of your article into PubMed Central and it is made publicly accessible. The copyright will remain with you and the article will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License. The cost of Springer Open Choice (USD 3000/ EUR 2200) is – as stated on the NIH web site – a permissible cost in your grant.

If you choose to publish your article with the traditional subscription-based model (without open access), you can notify Springer to deposit the author’s accepted version of your article into the NIH Manuscript Submission System, from where it will be sent to PubMed Central and made publicly available 12 months after publication.

Within Springer’s MyPublication process you can notify us easily (I am NIH funded – ‘Yes’). We require your full NIH grant number and can only process requests with a full and properly formed grant number. An example would be: ‘R01 GM012345-03’.

You only need to enter one NIH grant number. The additional one(s) can be included in a later stage.

We will upload the accepted manuscript version of your article to the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS). Note that the uploaded article version corresponds to the final manuscript after peer-review and thus, does not include any corrections you will carry out at a later stage (e.g. during proofing).

Once your article is uploaded, you will receive email notification from NIHMS, asking you for approval of the upload to PubMed Central. When you have approved the upload, a web version of the article will be created by PubMed Central. Upon your approval of the web version, the PMCID will be created and can be found in the NIHMS. As soon as the article is displayed at PubMed Central, you will be able to find the PMCID by searching for your article.

Please note that all PubMed Central content is mirrored at Europe PubMed Central. If we submit your article to PubMed Central, it will appear in Europe PubMed Central as well.

If you are employed by the NIH…

... you cannot transfer your copyright to the publisher. Our publishing workflow is perfectly ready to meet this need and will allow you to fully comply.

NIH intramural authors also need to submit the accepted article manuscript to the NIHMS via http://www.nihms.nih.gov/ themselves, so that it is available on PMC 12 months after official publication. Please visit Springer’s self-archiving policy for further details. So NIH employees/NIH intramural authors should not indicate that they are NIH funded (I am NIH funded – ‘No’) as you need to submit the accepted manuscript version of the article yourself to PubMed Central.

Additional information on Springer’s self-archiving policy can be found here.

To learn more about our SpringerOpen, our fully open access journal and book portfolio, please click here.

Research Councils UK (RCUK)

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If you are funded by the RCUK ...

RCUK Compliance... Springer is the publisher of choice for your work and will assist you in complying with your funder’s policy in support of open and unrestricted access to research literature.

The majority of Springer journals are hybrid journals and you can choose to have your article published open access within the Open Choice program. You will be given that option as soon as your article has been accepted for publication after peer review, and we will handle the administrative process.

SpringerOpen, our portfolio of fully open access journals and books across all areas of science, also offers our authors the opportunity to publish open access.

The cost of having your journal article and book published open access is covered by the RCUK. Please see the RCUK policy for details.

If you opt for publishing your journal article open access, it will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license and will be immediately freely available to everyone everywhere. Furthermore, you can keep the copyright and do not have to worry about depositing your article into PubMed Central. Springer will deposit the final published version of your article into PubMed Central and make it freely available at the time of publication.

Watch this video from BioMed Central to learn what the new RCUK Open Access Policy means for researchers in the UK.

Wellcome Trust

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If you are funded by the Wellcome Trust ...

Wellcome Trust Compliance

... Springer is the publisher of choice for your work and will assist you in complying with your funder’s policy in support of open and unrestricted access to research literature.

The majority of Springer journals are hybrid journals and you can choose to have your article published open access within the Open Choice program. You will be given that option as soon as your article has been accepted for publication after peer review, and we will handle the administrative process.

SpringerOpen, our portfolio of fully open access journals and books across all areas of science, also offers our authors the opportunity to publish open access.

The cost of having your journal article and book published open access is covered by the Wellcome Trust. Please see the Wellcome Trust Authors' Guide for details.

If you opt for publishing your journal article open access, it will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license and will be immediately freely available to everyone everywhere. Furthermore, you can keep the copyright and do not have to worry about depositing your article into PubMed Central. Springer will deposit the final published version of your article into PubMed Central and make it freely available at the time of publication.

Telethon Compliance

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If you are funded by Telethon ...

Telethon Compliance

... Springer is the publisher of choice for your work and will assist you in complying with your funder’s policy in support of open and unrestricted access to research literature.

The majority of Springer journals are hybrid journals and you can choose to have your article published open access within the Open Choice program. You will be given that option as soon as your article has been accepted for publication after peer review, and we will handle the administrative process.

SpringerOpen, our portfolio of fully open access journals and books across all areas of science, also offers our authors the opportunity to publish open access.

The cost of having your article published open access is covered by Telethon. Please see the Telethon Open Access Policy for details.

If you opt for publishing your article with open access, it will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license and will be immediately freely available to everyone everywhere. Furthermore, you can keep the copyright and do not have to worry about depositing your article into PubMed Central. Springer will deposit the final published version of your article into PubMed Central and make it freely available at the time of publication.