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Open Access | NIH Compliance

NIH Compliance

If you are funded or employed by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Springer is the publisher of choice for your work and will perfectly assist you in complying with the NIH Public Access Policy as well as with regulations for US Government employees.

If You Are Funded by NIH… 

... you will be required to deposit the final manuscript of your journal articles in PubMed Central and ensure their free availability (open access) within 12 months of publication. Springer journals are perfectly ready to meet this requirement 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 immediately 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 3.000/ EUR 2.000) 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 PubMed Central where it will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. Within Springer’s MyPublication process we will inform you on how to notify us easily. Please note that 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’.
Once your article is uploaded to Pubmed Central, you will receive email notification from Pubmed Central. When your 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 UKPubmed Central. If we submit your article to Pubmed Central, it will appear in UKPubmed Central as well.

If You Are Employed by 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.

Additional Information on Springer’s Policy on Self-archiving 

As of 7 April 2008, Springer has adapted its standard Copyright Transfer Statement (CTS) for new articles to ensure compliance with new guidelines from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH):
An author may self-archive an author-created version of his/her article on his/her own website and/or on his/her institutional repository. He/she may also deposit this version on his/her funder’s or funder’s designated repository at the funder’s request or as a result of a legal obligation, provided it is not made publicly available until 12 months after official publication. He/she may not use the publisher’s PDF version which is posted on www.springerlink.com for the purpose of self-archiving or deposit. Furthermore, the author may only post his/her version provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on Springer’s website. The link must be accompanied by the following text: “The original publication is available at springerlink.com.”