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Health Sciences Scholarly Communication: Public Access Mandates

Public Access Mandates

"Government mandates now require that peer-reviewed publications and digital data generated from federally funded scientific research be made freely available to the public".  Office of Science and Technology Policy Memo


The NIH Public Access Policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication.   

Investigators submitting an NIH application seeking $500,000 or more in direct costs in any single year are expected to include a plan for data sharing or state why data sharing is not possible.  Final NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data


The NSF Data Sharing Policy expects investigators to share the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants.

Funding proposals must also include a “Data Management Plan” which describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. NSF Funding Policy 

Open Access Policies

The following resources are useful tools in aiding researchers to clearly see and compare funding requirements across agreements. 

NIH Public Access Policy - Compliance

The following resources provide background information and tools to help researchers comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

MyNCBI Compliance Tools

This video provides instruction on how to use MyNCBI's My Bibliography to link funding to citations, and manage compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Publisher Copyright Policies / Author Rights

The following resources provide information about permissions related to specific publisher's copyright transfer agreements, and author addendum forms which can be used to supplement agreements. 

Data Management Plans

Resources to assist with the creation of a Data Management Plan.

Data Management Plan Video Tutorials

The short video below, from UC Berkeley, provides guidance on how to prepare a Data Management Plan for an NSF Grant Application.

Many data management video workshops can be viewed on the UCLA BiomedLibrary site.

Data Repositories

To determine if your research data can be deposited and shared in one of the repositiories below, be sure to check requirements related to subject/research domain, data re-use and access, file format, and metadata.

Data Sharing Resources

The following resources provide tools to help document, manage, disseminate, and archive data.