Recommended language to include in cover letter when submitting a manuscript to be published in a peer-reviewed journal:
Dear [Publisher or Editor name],
Enclosed is a manuscript to be considered for publication in ________________ [Journal name].The research reported in this manuscript has been funded through the National Institutes of Health and therefore its publication must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy
In order to ensure compliance with the NIH policy I, as corresponding author on behalf of all the authors, am retaining the rights to:
• Provide a copy of the authors’ final manuscript, including all modifications from the publishing and peer review process, to the NLM’s PubMed Central (PMC) database at the time the manuscript is accepted for publication; and
• To authorize NIH to make such copy of the manuscript available in digital form for public access in PMC no later than ___ months (indicate 0 to 12 months) after publication.