... 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.