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NIH Public Access Policy: An Update from Springer, Publisher of SBM's Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Effective April 7, 2008, the U.S. National Institutes of Health requires their grantees to submit published research that has been funded by NIH to Pub Med Central upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available 12 months later. Springer offers two options for authors to satisfy this requirement. One option involves authors paying a fee (this fee can be budgeted for in NIH grants) to Springer to enroll a published article in Springer Open Choice™. With this option, Springer will take care of the immediate deposit of the final, published version of the article in PubMed Central. The second option involves authors self-archiving the "author created", manuscript version of the article on their own web site or on PubMed Central, provided it is not made publicly available until 12 months after official publication. Authors of newly accepted papers will automatically receive information and full instructions regarding compliance with the new regulation in the Copyright Transfer Statement upon acceptance of their article. Additionally, authors may view Springer's policy statement on the "Authors" page at www.springer.com.