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J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 Jan;101(1):21-5. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.1.004.

Faculty experiences with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy, compliance issues, and copyright practices.

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  • 1School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, USA. dcharbon@wayne.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The research assessed faculty awareness of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy and faculty experiences with the copyright terms in their author agreements with publishers.

METHODS:

During the fall of 2011, 198 faculty members receiving funding from NIH at a large urban academic institution were invited to participate in an anonymous online survey. A total of 94 faculty members responded to the survey, representing a response rate of 47%.

RESULTS:

Thirty percent of the survey respondents were either unaware of or not familiar with the NIH policy. Further, a significant number of faculty members (97.8%) indicated that they usually signed their copyright forms "as is." The findings show that time, confusing instructions, and unclear journal policies are challenges experienced by NIH-funded faculty in complying with the federal mandate.

CONCLUSION:

There is a need to educate faculty with respect to the value of retaining their copyrights and self-archiving their publications to help advance public access and open access scholarship.

PMID:
23405043
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC3543125
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